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By Catherine West
Paperback & ebook, 362 Pages
September 10th 2019 by KDP
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.
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As the Light fades is a story that deals with a lot of family issues, sickness, and abuse. However it is written in such a way that is not depressing or heavy with the topics but instead is full of hope and healing.
Liz Carlisle has returned home to her family after leaving an abusive relationship. The Carlisle's are a very supportive family which was wonderful to see especially in the care of each other and their father who is suffering from Alzheimer's and the decisions concerning his care.
Matthew Stone knows a bit about caring for a broken person as well, as he is the guardian of his 15 year old niece who has dealt with more than her fair share of life's ugliness.
Due to certain circumstances, Matt and Liz become neighbors and eventually become friends as both become a help to each other in their difficult life's circumstances. Their romance was realistic and healing for each other.
We also get to know Mia, the niece, and though she could be a very surly and confrontational teenager, it is just a shell to protect herself. The letters she writes to her dad, even though she doesn't know him, gives us a glimpse into her real self.
The author also gives us a very poignant viewpoint of Liz's father, who is suffering from alzheimers. These particular chapters were very meaningful and shows the frustration one might feel trapped in this sickness.
I enjoyed the message of this story and even though it is filled with many heavy topics, it does show that there can be life and healing again. You just need to open your heart and eyes to the rest of the hurting world.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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 one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Where Hope Begins released May 2018, and her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.
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