Welcome to my web site. I'm delighted that you are interested in my award-winning novel, The Woman at the Light. It was inspired by Key West's colorful history, and by the courageous female lighthouse keepers in the Florida Keys in the 19th century. Pick up my book, put your feet up with a Pina Colada, imagine yourself in Key West, and enjoy!
A little about the story...
One afternoon in 1839, Emily Lowry's husband vanishes from Wreckers' Cay, an isolated island off the coast of Key West, where he tends the lighthouse. As days stretch into months, Emily must take charge of her husband's duties to support her three children--with another on the way. Unexpected help arrives when a runaway slave named Andrew washes up on their beach. At first, Emily is intensely wary of this strange, charming man, whose very presence is highly illegal. But Andrew proves himself an enormous help, and soon wins the hearts of the family. And--far from the outside world and society's rules--steals Emily's heart, forever changing their lives. When Emily's family is ripped apart once again, she faces hardships that test her love and determination and show how the passionate love of a defiant, determined woman can overcome any obstacle.
Here's what people are saying about this stunning debut novel, The Woman at the Light, originally published by St. Martin's Press Griffin, 2012...
"A heroine readers are unlikely to ever forget...An absolutely fantastic and unputdownable read!"--Michelle Moran, nationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Madame Tussaud
"Totally engaging and richly textured, this is historical fiction at its best...a captivating and compelling novel...Brady's strong characters deal with profound issues of the time--slavery and feminism--and moving matters of the heart, keeping readers engrossed well into the night."--M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Reincarnationist series.
"Part history, part romance, told in clear prose, The Woman at the Light is compelling and rewarding."--Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter
"Joanna Brady knows how to stop your heart on one page and pull your heart strings on the next...I could not put the book down and neither will you."--John Viele, historian, and author of The Florida Keys: A History of the Pioneers, True Stories of the Perilous Straits, and The Wreckers
"A guaranteed good read!"--Mark Howell, Editor, Solares Hill
(See Amazon.com and Goodreads.com for many reader reviews)