Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for As the Light Fades by Catherine West, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: As the Light Fades Author: Catherine West Release Date: September 10, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.
After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.
Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.
Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.
When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.
As the Light Fades is actually a sequel to the first book I ever read by Catherine West, The Things We Knew. That first book was what made me a fan of Catherine’s, and I have enjoyed everything I have read by her ever since. I have to say, when I first signed up to review this novel, I actually didn’t realize that it was a sequel to The Things We Knew! I read the description, of course, but I honestly didn’t really pay all that much attention because knew I would enjoy this book. So imagine my surprise when I started reading it only to find it was bringing back the story of the Carlisles! That just made this book all that much more enjoyable to me because it was nice to finally learn a little bit more about Liz.
I also really loved this story because of the realness of everything that Liz and Mia were going through. The way that they were able to connect because of that just touched my heart in so many ways, and I couldn’t wait to see how they found their healing. Mia’s story especially made an impression on me because of how passionate I am about children and teenagers and how much it hurts my heart when they have to go through things that they never should have to experience. I wanted to reach right through the pages and hug her tight, and I can’t help but give Catherine so much credit for creating a character that compelled me to such a deep level of compassion.
There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. Actually, I take that back, there was one thing. It was nowhere near long enough! I got so lost between the pages of this story, and I wish that it hadn’t ended as soon as it did. I could’ve read chapters and chapters more about the redemption, healing, and new life that was born in Liz and Mia, and even Matthew, and I wish I had been given the chance to do so. However, I understand that all books have to end at some point, so I won’t take away any bookshelves for the fact that this one wasn’t longer.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this touching story, and I can’t wait until Catherine comes out with her next novel. Everything I have read by her has been wonderful, and I think this one might become one of my favorites. As the Light Fades easily earns all 5 bookshelves, and a very high recommendation from me. I would definitely read The Things We Knew first, though, or some parts of this novel won’t make much sense, but they both are most DEFINITELY worth checking out, along with the giveaway at the end of this post!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com CONNECT WITH CATHERINE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.