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Posted December 27, 2012
Posted August 3, 2012
This was such an interesting book, I loved the setting I felt like I was on this isolated island with Emily and just the name Wreckers Cay brought to mind the waves and rocks and I could just picture it in my head . I guess I never realized that so many widows took over the lighthouse duties after their husband’s had died I found it fascinating. I also liked how this book dealt with the race relations at the time I found it very honest. It was also fascinating to see the city of Key West come to be what it was, and what Cuba was like in the 1800’s. I also thought the love story was well done and added to the story and didn’t detract from it. Emily was such a strong woman with a mind of her own and I am glad I got to see a glimpse into her life. I like how she made mistakes and had an attitude well this was the choice you made you better make the most of it. I had a hard time putting this book down as I just wanted to see what would happen in Emily’s life next and through all her heartbreaks and triumphs I cheered for her and wished her well. This is a very well written story and I would read more from this author; in the author’s note she says she won a grant from the Florida Council for the Arts to write this book so hooray to them for seeing the talent in this new author and for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I received this book from the Librarything Early Reviewer Program. 4 StarsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2012
The Woman at the Light is a tale of tragedy, perseverance,
The Woman at the Light is a tale of tragedy, perseverance, and love set in 19th century Key West.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In 1839, Emily Lowry lives on Wrecker’s Cay off the Florida coast with her children and husband, the lighthouse keeper One day, her husband disappears from a boating trip and is presumed dead. She is alone on the isolated Cay forced to fend for herself and her 4 children. Desperate to support her family and avoid being displaced by the authorities who do not believe a woman can manage a lighthouse, she works hard to continue her husband’s work, but a far less of a salary. Her life becomes complicated when a black man escapes from a slave ship and swims to Wrecker’s Cay. He helps her manage the light house, work, and helps care for her children. They soon fall in love and she finds herself expecting a child with him.
With plenty of plot twists and continual tension, this story is definitely engrossing and offers plenty of entertainment - a strong determined heroine, forbidden love, murder, mystery, duplicity, tragedy, resilience, prejudices, and love!
Beautifully written and wonderfully researched, author Joanna Brady convincingly recreates a rare setting and era, never before fictionalized. Historical facts pertaining to Seminole Indians, the slave trade, cigar making, and the actual work and responsibilities of light house keepers make were skilfully interwove with fascinating fictional characters and events to make a compelling story.
For readers who love historical fiction that take place in unique settings, this is one debut novel you should not miss. A lovely novel!