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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (Paperback)

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After the break-up of her marriage, Imogen escapes to her aunt's converted lighthouse on Beachy Head. Writing for an 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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Urbane Publications Publication Date: 05/04/2018 ISBN-13: 9781911583646  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Cherry was a keyboard player in a band, a piano teacher at the Royal Ballet School and a post-doc researcher at Moorfields Eye Hospital before suddenly starting her first novel in the middle of a scientific conference in 2009. Inspirations for writing have included lighthouses obviously, the sea, flamenco music, broken English, mumbling teenagers and Maltesers. Cherry lives in Eastbourne and Almeria. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, her third novel, will be published in Spring 2018.

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I haven't read anything before by author Cherry Radford but I'm pleased to have now been introduced to her as she has a beautiful writing style and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her latest and third novel, the atmospheric "The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter". This wonderfully original contemporary romance novel set between the English South Coast and Madrid in Spain is a truly beautiful read and it was fun to see how the female main protagonist Imogen Bradfield's relationship with Spanish ex band member turned diffident TV soap actor Santiago Montoya, developed through social media. I liked how Twitter played a major part in the story and also how you saw the reaction to the messages from each other's perspective. In this digital age of various social media platforms and quick send messages this book is a fabulously up to date example of how chance communications can change lives. Also in the storyline is Imogen's lighthouse keeper father, who has left some secret diaries and letters written in his bunk. Imogen finds them shocking to read but will it explain his mysterious disappearance at sea in 1982. This was the part of the story I was most drawn to and kept me turning the pages to find out the truth of what happened. Once again having the unique trademark design and printing quality expected from Urbane Publications this is a really lovely produced life-affirming story that I highly recommend to readers of women's romance fiction and I wouldn't hesitate to read more by Cherry again in the future. 4 stars

- 28/04/2018
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Cherry Radford’s third book switches between Spain and England, the 1980s and the present, male and female narrators, and between a romance and a sort-of-thriller. Despite these changes in scene and time, it’s a quick and easy read – the sort of thing you could easily get through on a flight from London to Madrid with a San Miguel and some flamenco on your iPod. Both of the main charaters (Imogen and Santi) are likeable, believable, and flawed. Despite some serious themes, the book is funny with some great snappy dialogue and some very good swearing. The Twitter and WhatsApp passages merge well with the spoken text, but I suspect the references to current technology will become dated quite quickly. I lost track of (and interest in) some of Santi’s extended family and friends towards the middle of the book, and I didn’t quite believe the device of the diary being realeased a couple of days at a time, but these are minor quibbles. Although the book is an easy and enjoyable read the charcters stayed with me for several days afterwards and it’s more powerful than it first appears. I recommend it. One last point: I bought this book online but probably wouldn’t have chosen it in a shop because of the pictures on the pages. If you're also a book snob (of course you are, you're shopping on the Foyles website!) I urge you to overlook this – I enjoyed it far more than “Lincoln in the Bardo” which didn’t have any pictures at all.

- 28/04/2018
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