#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor ~ #HistoricalFiction based on fact

My Throwback Thursday choice this week is The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, published in 2018, a book I enjoyed very much.


My Thoughts

I love books that mix fact with fiction, giving a real authenticity to the story. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter incorporates the true story of Grace Darling.

Grace’s father was the lighthouse keeper at Longstone on the Farne Islands, off the Northumbrian coast. Twenty two year old Grace loved nothing better than helping her father, taking her turn on watch and making sure the lamps stayed lit through the night. 

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A visit to the #GraceDarling Museum in Bamburgh #History #Photography

We had a very interesting visit to the small but very informative RNLI Grace Darling museum during our last trip to Bamburgh. Free entry, lots of historical details, exhibits and videos and friendly staff ensure a pleasant experience. Donations are welcomed but not obligatory and there’s a small shop area as you enter. There are two downstairs areas with interactive models of Longstone Lighthouse and an account of the Darlings’ life at the lighthouse. (Please click on photos if you’d like the full size)

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Grace Darling #Memorial in St Aidan’s Church #Bamburgh #MondayBlogs

I didn’t know that much about Grace Darling’s story, apart from the basics, before visiting Bamburgh. It’s an interesting and sad one. Her life was quite solitary in that she didn’t go to school, but learned a wide variety of knowledge from her father and they were very close. She was the youngest child of the family and as such was expected to care for her parents as they aged, which she was quite happy to do. Marriage and a family of her own didn’t seem to interest her.  Continue reading