Book review

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Cherry Radford #bookreview @lovebooksgroup @cherryrad @urbanebooks

Hello dear readers, today I have reviewed a book set in a light house, intriguing right. Read on to find more, check out the other blogs on the tour and go buy the book whole you are at it too. Happy Reading.

This blog tour is organised by Love Book Group.

Book

Title – The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter
Author – Cherry Radford
Publisher – Urbane Publications
Published – April 2018
Genre – Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Location – England and Spain
Profession of lead characters – Writer and Musician
Rating – 3.5/5

Story

Meet Imogen Bradfield – would be novelist based on the English South Coast. Who spends most of her time working on a tedious online magazine in her borrowed lighthouse. She is isolated from the world except for the wonder of social media.

Reluctant Twitter user, Santiago Montoya is an ex-band member turned diffident TV soap actor based in Madrid. Constantly surrounded by adoring family, friends and fans yet he has never felt so alone.

Then there’s Imogen’s lighthouse keeper father, writing secret diaries and letters in his bunk and also hoping to be understood – until his mysterious disappearance at sea in 1982…

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is a modern tale of romance and discovery – finding out about each other and how the past always affects the future. With the magic of technology, this is a very of the moment novel about love, life and Twitter.

My thoughts

The story’s lead characters meet via Twitter first and then face to face which slowly turns into a long term relationship. Their first meeting, you might guess is via Twitter but no, it is through music which leads Imogen to Santiago.

She is recuperating, in a light house by the English coast, after separation from her husband. The light house is Imogen’s connection to her dead father and the past which has one too many unanswered questions. She is looking for answers, hopefully in the journals and diaries her aunt, father’s sister, provides her one glimpse at a time.

It is a test of her patience, she has too much free time living in a remote location and just technology as her companion more or less. It is during one of her solitary wondering about the past she stumbles upon music from the time she was married. This blast from the past leads her to seeking out the singer Santiago via Twitter. And the rest as they say is history.

What I liked about the story;

  • The setting is unusual and new from what I usually read. I don’t even remember reading a book set in a lighthouse. It was an unusual and unique setting which suited to the moods of the story well.
  • I did appreciate the positive spin social media in this case Twitter provides to the lives of the characters. It gave them a positive platform to take things further than acquaintance.
  • The language barrier between Imogen and Santiago was funny at times and provided the lightness in the story.
  • The ending wasn’t obvious and the slight yet crucial suspense at the end was pretty crisp. I thought the worse had happened to the characters but it wasn’t so and I enjoyed how the author wrote that.

It is a book I would enjoy on a cold day or times when I am stuck alone.

Author

Cherry Radford was a keyboard player in a band, a piano teacher at the Royal Ballet School and an optometrist/post-doctoral researcher at Moorfields Eye Hospital before suddenly starting her first novel in the middle of a scientific conference in 2009. Following the publication of Men Dancing (2011) and Flamenco Baby (2013) by a small Brighton-based independent, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is her first novel with Urbane Publications. She left Moorfields in 2017 to concentrate on writing, but still enjoys teaching piano part-time. Cherry lives in Eastbourne and Almería (Spain).

Author Website , Twitter

Reviewed by Bharti

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