Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Tour: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

Hi fellow readers,

Today, we are a blog tour for The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Cherry Radford. We also have an author interview at the end! Thank you to the author, publisher and Love Books tour for having us and giving us an ARC. We enjoyed the experience!

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter


Book Blurb:

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.




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Book Review:

I found myself really enjoying this book. Cherry Radford did an excellent job bringing the story to life. She is very descriptive of the old lighthouse and the surrounding area. I could feel the wind on my face and taste the salt on the air. The same goes for the city of Madrid. I felt the description was realistic!

It took me a while to get into the story. The first part seemed to drag on as most of the dialogue was done through Twitter or whatsapp. I don't use either one so I had a harder time with the conversations. Once I got to the halfway point, I felt the book just flowed easily. The story itself was unique. It ended up being a feel good book.

If you are looking for a fun relaxing read at the beach, I would recommend this one!


Tank and I give it all 4 paws up!!!
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Cherry Radford
Cherry Radford was a piano teacher at the Royal Ballet Junior School, a keyboard player in a band, and then a research optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. She now lives in Eastbourne and Almeria (Spain). 

Her first two novels, published by Indepenpress, were MEN DANCING (2011) and FLAMENCO BABY (2013). THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER will be published by Urbane Publications in April 2018.

Short Q and A:

Questions about the book:

1. Where did you get the inspiration for the basis of this novel?
The inspiration came from my stranger-than-fiction friendship
with a well-known flamenco guitarist – that started with a
tweet. A year or so of tweets, emails and Skypes later, I was
invited to be on a bilingual radio show with him in Madrid, and
we finally met in person

2. Who was your favourite character to create?
I really enjoyed creating both Santi(ago), who was a glorious
mixture of several flamenco musicians I came to know, and
Imogen’s lighthouse keeper father, who came into my head
after I’d read the late Tony Parker’s wonderful book in which
he interviews many lighthouse keepers and their wives. It was
exciting to relate the book using their points of view as well
as Imogen’s.

3. How long did it take you to finish the Book?
Did you have any unexpected obstacles arise?
It’s difficult to say, as I spent a crazy amount of time doing
research in Beachy Head and Madrid, and can’t remember
when the note-taking stopped and the writing began! It might
have taken about 18 months to finish the first draft.

4. Did you have to cut out any material?
Yes! I like to keep my word count down – long chapters are
annoying for people who want to go to sleep at the end of a
long day.

5. How many unpublished/half-finished works do you have?
Do you have anything that’s going to be published soon?
I have another coastal novel under way, but it’s still at an early
stage.

6. Where did the inspiration come for the setting to be at a
lighthouse instead of somewhere else secluded?
I wanted my protagonists to be in contrasting settings:
Santiago is in land-locked Madrid, surrounded by family,
friends and fans, while Imogen is in a coastal location,
surrounded by emotional and physical barriers. I immediately
thought of the Beachy Head area, having known and loved this
beautiful but haunting location for years. The Belle Tout has
been privately owned by a succession of people since its
decommission in 1902, so it didn’t seem unreasonable for her
aunt to own it.

7. Did you write the book first and then the playlist or vice
versus? What inspired you to come up with the playlist?
I found myself playing the music the characters were listening
to when I was trying to get into a scene. At some point it
occurred to me that readers might like to do the same.

Personal questions

1.  When did you know that you wanted to write?
As soon as I could Sellotape pieces of paper together to
make into books, but I was a piano teacher at the Royal Ballet
School and a post-doc researcher at Moorfields Eye Hospital
in London before I came up with an idea for my first novel!

2. How much time/day do you spend writing?
It varies, and even when I’m not physically scribbling or
tapping away at the laptop, I’m often researching, planning,
plotting or hearing dialogue in my head.

3. Who's your favourite author?
Penelope Lively. She writes fascinating stories about the
effect of history and contingency on personal lives, and writes
with elegance, compassion and humour.  

4. What's your favourite colour and why?
I can stand transfixed in front of turquoise blue – I’ve loved it
since a child and have no idea why. When it comes to clothes,
however, I always seem to find myself in dusty pink.

5. What do you do to get yourself in the creative mood to write?
Sit, or better still, lie comfortably with my elasticated leather notebook and its matching pen. Preferably near the sea.

13 comments:

  1. This does sound like a great beach read. If only the weather would cooperate.

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  2. This sounds tasty - thanx for the review

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  3. What a lovely cover! I will put this one on my radar. Great review and interview!

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  4. This sounds like a great holiday book.

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  5. What a pretty cover and the story sounds interesting too!

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  6. Slow beginning books are definitely hard to get into. I'm glad you ended up enjoying it! Great review!

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  7. Great review, I don't think this is my kind of book but I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post Allie.

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