July 27, 2010
July 27, 2010
In 1814, Sara Stevenson, the well-bred but high-spirited daughter of celebrated Scottish lighthouse designer Robert Stevenson, falls in love with a common sailor, Thomas Crichton. On the day of their clandestine elopement, Thomas mysteriously disappears, leaving Sara heartbroken, secretly pregnant, and at the mercy of her overbearing family. Refusing to relinquish her hopes that Thomas will someday return to her, Sara is banished to an eerie lighthouse on lonely and remote Cape Wrath. There she meets William Campbell, the reclusive yet dashing light-keeper who incites her ire--and interest. Soon Sara begins to accept her life on the cape and her growing attraction to William--until a mystifying package from an Oxford antiquarian arrives, giving intriguing clues to Thomas's whereabouts. Through her correspondence with the antiquarian, Sara slowly uncovers the story of her beloved's fate. But what she doesn't immediately grasp is that these letters travel an even greater distance than she could have imagined--as the boundaries between time and space unravel to forge an incredible connection between a woman and a man many years apart.
In this ambitious debut novel, Darci Hannah begins with elements of real history, adds some fascinating explications of lighthouse design, mixes in a feverish romantic triangle, and then gives the whole story a fantastic finishing twist which will have readers anxiously flipping back to page one after their first time through. The title character is the fictional daughter of real-life lighthouse architect Robert Stevenson, who banishes her to one of his most isolated towers after she disgraces the family by getting pregnant with a common sailor. While Sara pines for her lover, who has mysteriously disappeared, she reluctantly bonds with her caretaker, the lighthouse keeper, who is concealing an astonishing secret behind his gruff exterior. When Sara receives a bizarre package from an Oxford scholar whom she has never met, she initiates a correspondence which will gradually reveal the extraordinary truth about the nature of her exile and her existence.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Historical Fiction, Types of Characters, Romance
- Language: English
- Author: Darci Hannah
- Online Item #: 12264576
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3267
- ISBN: 9780345520548
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported