As the Light Fades by Catherine West: A Review


Book Blurb:

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.

My Opinion: 

This book was my first Catherine West book and now I want to go an read more! The book was a nice page turner and kept me very interested in it. Although there are heavy topics in this book, you aren’t weighed down by any of it. It deals with Alzheimer’s, trust issues, abuse and other things. This book is also a fast read and I devoured. I loved the characters and they’ll stick with me for awhile.


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.

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The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden: A Review


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The Enlightenment of Bees COVERTitle: The Enlightenment of Bees
Rachel Linden
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
July 9, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Sometimes a shattered dream leads to an amazing journey. 

At twenty-six, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at The Butter Emporium, and her first love—her boyfriend, Ethan—by her side. But when Ethan declares he “needs some space,” Mia’s carefully planned future crumbles.

Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways—ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her.

In a romantic adventure across the globe, The Enlightenment of Bees beautifully explores what it means to find the sweet spot in life where our greatest passions meet the world’s greatest need.

My Opinion 
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion
I couldn’t finish this book. It just really struck me the wrong way. It’s published by Thomas Nelson that has published some of my favorite inspirational fiction authors. Mia struck me as very naive and privileged. She could just quit her job and hope that her boyfriend of six years would propose to her. She could lie to get her way onto the humanitarian trip. She was sipping wine and sidecars. Oh or lose your suitcase no problem the millionaire that’s funding the trip will send you a suitcase full of designer clothes while you are in these third world countries. When I traveled to third world counties to do mission work, my clothes were all purchased from Goodwill. 
The book was just so off. I read all types of fiction but for what it is worth I would not classify this as a “Christian” fiction book. I get maybe going for the whole new age Christian but that’s not for me. 
I really really really really wanted to like this book but it ended up not being for me. Maybe I’ll to pick it back up in a few months. 

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Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of Ascension of LarksBecoming the Talbot Sisters, and The Enlightenment of Bees. Currently, Rachel lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys creating stories about hope, courage, and connection with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

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