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The book pulled me in with its plot arc. I knew I was in for an emotional read. Callie had lost her sister exactly one year ago in the ocean current of Bell Cove, and the guilt hadn’t left her. There were events and words and arguments preceeding her sister’s death which shook her sanity even today. She came back to Bell Cove to help her aunt Lucy with the renovations of the Stewart House which had its own mystery. Tucker brought in romance like a breath of fresh air.
My first book by Katy Upperman, and the prose with its beautiful writing pulled me in. Who amongst us can judge the quantity of grief or how we chose to deal with it? Callie initially chose to escape her pain by smoking pot when she started seeing the spirit of her dead sister Chloe. The plot was developed in the way the two sisters formed a fragile bond knowing that there were stealing slivers of time from the tapestry of fate. Some things have to be laid to rest before before both of them could find peace.
I loved the way the author has combined emotions with paranormal mystery. The love between the sisters was so palpable that reading their conversations brought a lump to my throat. Their pain in being separated came through. But there were grudges and misunderstandings too. I liked how the author slowly unfurled the story of what happened that night, taking care to maintain the wholeness of the story. Romance with Tucker was great, but there was a past too connected to the house.
This was Callie’s story and how she dealt with her pain. Love, loss, hope, forgiveness were the four gentle breezes that swirled like waves of color down the story making it move from darkness to light. A poignant tale of dealing with a devastating loss and allowing the light in to start living again.
I received a free ARC from Giselle, NetGalley and publisher Swoon Reads, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies, or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. Kissing Max Holden was her debut novel.
Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents once were.
When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.
But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?
Publication Date: 6th August 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Print copy of How the Light Gets In