Posted in Domestic Drama

A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields @writingkristin @AmazonPub @LUAuthors #Bookreview #alilyinthelight

Happy Sunday!

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Delighted to share with you today my review for this heart wrenching debut that combines the beauty of ballet and the horror of tragedy!💜

My Thoughts

Beautifully told, elegantly executed… this was an emotional story about the aftermath of tragedy.

Kristin Feild’s debut was evocative and heart wrenching. A unique take on the missing child trope. This is not a dark twisted thriller with wild secrets, it is a tender story Full of heart and hope. This book really captures the essence of Esme, and how her sister Lily’s disappearance impacted her life.

Esme is 11 years old, she loves ballet and her biggest concern in life is getting on point. She has a loving family: hard-working parents, an aloof big brother, an impatient big sister, and an adorable little sister named Lily. One day mom is at church, dad just got home, brother is on the balcony, sister is in her room, Esme is making dinner, and Lily disappears. Just like that, while watching “Full House”. No sign of foul play Lily is just gone along with her coat and shoes. Esme is devastated not quite sure how to function in the shell of the family that remains. With some help from her ballet instructor and the urging of her father she finds herself at her dream ballet school in San Francisco all the way across the country from her shattered family. years pass and Esme dances on, using her art to process her grief. Eight years after the disappearance Esme is dancing in Paris when she receives a phone call from her big sister, a phone call that will change everything.

There was an air of grace to the story that was magnified by the ballet. Esme was such a likable and sympathetic character. Miss Fields did a wonderful job of grasping a Childs perspective, a child’s grief and guilt over a sibling going missing. Esme’s guilt and grief were palpable and present on every page. There was an authenticity to the story that made it shine. How does a family move on when their light is gone? Compelling and moving, absolutely recommend!

*** Many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A harrowing debut novel of a tragic disappearance and one sister’s journey through the trauma that has shaped her life.
For eleven-year-old Esme, ballet is everything – until her four-year-old sister, Lily, vanishes without a trace and nothing is certain anymore. People Esme has known her whole life suddenly become suspects, each new one hitting closer to home than the last.
Unable to cope, Esme escapes the nightmare that is her new reality when she receives an invitation to join an elite ballet academy in San Francisco. Desperate to leave behind her chaotic, broken family and the mystery surrounding Lily’s disappearance, Esme accepts.
Eight years later, Esme is up for her big break: her first principal role in Paris. But a call from her older sister shatters the protective world she has built for herself, forcing her to revisit the tragedy she’s run from for so long. Will her family finally have the answers they’ve been waiting for? And can Esme confront the pain that shaped her childhood, or will the darkness follow her into the spotlight?

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Posted in Blog Tour

Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources #bookreview #springskiesoverbluebellcastle

Happy Sunday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful book! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to this tour and to Sarah Bennett for her remarkable story!😍

Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle

She wasn’t looking for love…

When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.

In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?

But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

My Thoughts

A charming love story sprinkled with warmth and wit!

There is something so magical about a castle, especially for an American like myself. The fact that people actually live in Castles still is so foreign to me, it is the stuff of dreams! Add in a handsome charming castle owner, A cast of fantastic secondary characters, and a bit of a mystery… and you’ve got yourself one Fantabulous story! Sarah Bennett’s words are simply beautiful and full of whimsy and delight!

Lucy needs an escape from the hustle and bustle of London and gets her self a job at Bluebell Castle. When Lucy arrives she is expecting to be met by an old stuffy man, however Arthur is anything but. Handsome and charming, Lucy is hoping that Arthur is not a distraction. Her job is to assess the value of the items in the castle, because the castle is in some financial trouble. When Lucy happens upon an old painting, it might be the answer to everyone’s problems, the missing piece to the castle puzzle.

Lucy was a fabulous character sweet and strong with a vulnerable side. The romance between Arthur and Lucy was pretty darn adorable! The secondary characters in the story were all very well drawn. I loved meeting all the castle workers and Arthur’s siblings. This is the first book in the trilogy, so I am assuming the next two books will be Tristan and Iggy‘s stories and I am definitely looking forward to those! Fun, flirty, and fantastic absolutely recommend!

Purchase Links

https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/spring-skies-over-bluebell-castle/id1412504827?mt=11

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/spring-skies-over-bluebell-castle-a-delightfully-uplifting-holiday-read-from-bestseller-sarah-bennett-bluebell-castle-book-1

Author Bio –

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

Social Media Links –

Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor/

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1/