Read Letters from the Lighthouse Online Free - We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.
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February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.
Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.
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July 15, 2017
I'm sure I would've really enjoyed this when I was younger. A lovely idea, but ultimately predictable and anti-climactic. The parts where something actually happened were rushed - the rest was a slog. I loved the concept, but unfortunately I don't feel it was executed to its full potential.
August 07, 2017
Emma Carroll is my 8 year old daughter's favourite author. After reading all of Carroll's books, I have to say that she is one of my favourites too. I get impatient waiting for my daughter to finish the books so I can read them, and she gets impatient waiting for me to finish so she can talk abou...
September 14, 2017
Well what can I say Emma Carroll has brought an enlightened and heart wrenching version of events during WW2 with the poignancy of Good Night Mr Tom and the sad reality of the plight of Jewish refugees trying to flee to the UK.
This book portrays both the light and shade of humanity in its truest...
August 25, 2017
A wonderful story, beautifully told. It deserves all the praise it has received and is destined to become a 'classic'.
September 24, 2017
A wonderfully woven adventure story about courage, grief, friendship and tolerance set during WWII. When Olive is caught in an air raid, her mum decides that it is time her children were evacuated out of London and she is sent, with her brother, Cliff, to live in a small coastal village in Devon....
June 27, 2017
In the midst of World War Two, a bombing in London becomes the explosive catalyst that sees two sisters separated. Along with her younger brother, Cliff, Olive is evacuated to the Devonshire town of Budmouth Point with no answer as to what happened to her older sister. Yet amongst this close-knit...
January 09, 2018
On the cover of one of Carroll’s books, she is proclaimed as the Queen of historical fiction. I now understand why.
I would have gobbled this WWII story up in one greedy reading session as a young girl. Drama, suspense and lots of action where the kids have to solve stuff themselves.
Perfect for t...
October 12, 2017
Gorgeous, sweet, classic feeling, with a strong message relevant to today. What a gorgeous read! No one really does historical fiction quite like Emma Carroll.
January 26, 2018
A well researched, beautifully written piece of historical fiction which is very accessible, evocative and full of adventure, mystery & great characters. Emma Carroll is the "wasp's ankles"!
April 29, 2017
Finished this in one sitting. The storytelling is sublime, it features two children olive and cliff who are evacuated from London during ww2. We follow them as they try to adapt to their new circumstances, while also trying to work out a code left behind by their missing sister. One of the themes...