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Book Tour: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

24th April 2018
Something a little different on the blog today.  I’m part of the book tour for The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter written by Cherry Radford.

There’s someone out there, and an unforeseen, irresistible connection…

After the break-up of her marriage, Imogen escapes to her aunt’s converted lighthouse on Beachy Head. Writing for a tedious online magazine but hoping to start a novel, she wants to be alone until she finds an entrancing flamenco CD in her borrowed car and contacts the artist via Twitter. It turns out that actor-musician Santiago needs help with English, and is soon calling her profesora.

Through her window, the other lighthouse winks at her across the sea. The one where her father was a keeper, until he mysteriously drowned there in 1982. Her aunt is sending extracts from his diary, and Imogen is intrigued to learn that, like her and Santi, her father had a penfriend.

Meanwhile, despite their differences Imogen is surrounded by emotional and geographical barriers, Santi surrounded by family and land-locked Madrid their friendship develops. So, she reads, did her father’s but shocking revelations cause Imogen to question whether she ever really knew him.

Two stories of communication: the hilarious mistakes, the painful misunderstandings, and the miracle or tragedy of finding someone out there with whom you have an unforeseen, irresistible connection.


My Thoughts on the book:
You’d be forgiven for thinking this isn’t my kind of book.  I was intrigued by the lighthouse bit, and the romance via social media bit and the flirting with a foreigner bit,  and also the parallel story that plays out in journal form.
This book had enough to keep me going on a recentish road trip.
The book arrived just as we were leaving the house, and I needed a light read for the road.
The dialogue was snappy and readable and I wanted to go to the pub with the characters.  I kinda did if you count the pub we found for lunch that day.
I’d recommend this book if you like unlikely friendships, Twitter, and books that read like Richard Curtis films.
If that sounds like your thing, you can find the book here.

About the 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).

My thanks to Cherry Radford, Urbane Publications, and Love Books Group for organising the book tour!

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  • Reply John CR Duff 24th April 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Cool. Could you please explain how this “Book Tour” thing works. How does a particular book and the various Bloggers on the “Tour” get hooked up and featured?

    • Reply Lorna 24th April 2018 at 3:55 pm

      This one was organised by a book blog, and I asked to be put on their reveiwers list. Sometimes authors/publishers reach out themselves. It’s like Netgalley, but the books are posted to you.

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