Hey lovelies! I didn’t hit my reading target for April I only read 2 books and I finished the third one at the beginning of May. I’m not annoyed that I didn’t hit my target as I’m still on schedule for my 2018 Reading Challenge and I knew 4 books a month would be quite tricky.
Today I’m reviewing ‘Where The Light Gets In’ by Lucy Dillon. I was approved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley, all opinions are my own, I would never lie to my readers & you can refuse to review any books you are sent.
‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’
It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.
Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.
But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .
This was the first book I had ever read by Lucy Dillon but I will definitely be reading more. Where The Light Gets In was a beautiful, heart-warming story which had me sobbing at the end.
Lorna is an easy protagonist to love, we first meet her when she is volunteering in a hospice to befriend people who are coming to the end of their lives and may not have anyone to keep them company/talk to. She then moves back to her home town to pursue her dreams and we see her meet new friends and rekindle old relationships. She works so hard to produce projects which can pull her whole community together and I would absolutely love to live in Longhampton myself just to be able to become a part of something so amazing!
Lucy Dillon also tackles some really important issues throughout the novel such as grief, loss and family problems whilst still managing to keep it light-hearted. The book is filled with creativity which made me wish I had an arty side as I’m no good with creative things at all!
I did find the book a little slow at times but it wasn’t so bad that I ever wanted to stop reading and by the last 35% of the book I didn’t have any issues with this, in fact I couldn’t stop reading to the point I was nearly late for work in order to get it finished before I left the house!
The cover on this novel is absolutely stunning and it would definitely jump out at me if I saw it on the shelves in the bookstore! I would give this 4* out of 5 in total, I really enjoyed the book as a whole and loved the story line it was so different to anything I’ve read before! I would recommend this novel to anyone and it would be a perfect easy read for your summer holidays to relax with on the beach!
You can get your copy of Where The Light Gets In from Amazon here.
Have you read anything by Lucy Dillon? Will you be purchasing this book? Let me know in the comments!