‘A fresh new voice telling a charming and moving story of love, loss, loneliness, Twitter and Spanish lessons. An absolute delight.’ – Louise Douglas, bestselling author The Love of My Life
‘A wonderful romance that deftly weaves past and present – a story so full of music it sings.’ – Avril Joy, author of Sometimes a River Song
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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Firstly I feel pretty dreamy where lighthouses are concerned, as they bring to mind romance and heroic acts. The main character in the story, Imogen, could certainly do with a little TLC after her marriage breakup and needs someone to rescue her from the doldrums and restore her confidence. Her aunt’s converted lighthouse, on Beachy Head, makes for the perfect place to start the healing process. I adored this setting where the pages were filled of breathtaking beauty as she looked out over the sea, to the lighthouse her father had been in charge of when she was a girl. The sheer isolation and descriptions of the deceptive ocean and rugged coastline held a mystery with secrets that would be revealed to her.
This story just doesn’t centre round Imogen but also her deceased father through diary entries which her aunty was sending her in small doses. I really loved the two comparisons of writing letters to pen pals years ago and the instant world-wide communication of today. Sometimes the thrill of anticipation of waiting for a letter was as great as what was inside it. Instant panic seems to have taken over these days if a message isn’t received back in a couple of minutes via the internet.
Imogen forms a friendship with Santi, a man who lives in Madrid, via Twitter. Santi is a talented musician that wants to move into TV work and so Imogen takes on the role of teaching him English via the net, than in person as she finds courage to travel to Spain. She tells him that she isn’t just there to teach him English but also to help her with the book she is writing. But the meeting of Santi and her isn’t what she dreamed it would be, the reality it is very different.
The further that I went into this story the more I wanted to find out about the past, with each bit of information about Imogen’s father just leaving me wanting to know the next bit. As for Imogen my heart was doing flips. I didn’t know who to shake first, Imogen or Santi! I loved the vast differences between the pairs life styles and the places that they lived but I wanted them both to want the same thing.
Beautifully written it is a book that I loved the further into the story I got. Although the settings are at different ends of the scale Cherry Radford brings them vividly to life in these pages, both stunning places for the perfect romance to form. A super ending.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her first two novels, published by Indepenpress, were MEN DANCING (2011) and FLAMENCO BABY (2013). THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER was published by Urbane Publications in April 2018.