Almost a century before Isabella Winterbourne was the only survivor of a shipwreck in the same small town. In possession of a priceless gift intended for the Australian parliament, she sees it as an opportunity to make a new life for herself. But in order to reinvent herself she will need some help - who can she turn to who won't reveal her secret?
The story moved between 1901 and 2011 in a seamless way with alternating chapters telling the stories of Libby and Isabella. The suspense built gradually as the story progressed and towards the end I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, determined to discover just what did happen all those years ago.
I really liked the fact the book was set near my backyard (the Sunshine Coast) and thought the historical references to towns was really well done. The language and settings of the 1901 settings were accurate and I had no trouble transporting myself back in time as I read.
I really loved this book. Although the mystery might not be a jaw dropping one, it was enough to suck me right in and keep me fully engaged. I also enjoyed the modern side of the story and the gradual revelation of the secret that has kept Libby and Juliet estranged for so long.
All in all a beautifully told historical tale. Those who enjoy Kate Morton would also enjoy Lighthouse Bay.