Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review of As the Light Fades by Catherine West #LightFadesTour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for As the Light Fades by Catherine West! This is a book that is going to stay with me for quite some time. Read my full review below and then follow the tour for more reviews and some excerpts. And there is an amazing giveaway at the end!

As the Light Fades
By Catherine West
Women's Fiction
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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**My thoughts**
This book hurt me a bit to read, but not in a bad way. It was because I related to it so well and I absolutely loved it.

Liz has had a rough time lately and has come home to essentially start over again. She has left behind an abusive fiance. Her father has recently been placed in a nursing home with Alzheimer's. And she has basically already been kicked out of her childhood home while her siblings are having it remodeled into a B&B. Her siblings all seem to have their ducks in a row and she still feels like she is floundering.

She ends up renting a small place from Matt, who has also returned to Nantucket to essentially start over, but with his moody niece Mia in tow. She is understandably angry at her situation and is also struggling.

This story is one where these broken people are brought together by fate and end up healing each other in more ways than they could ever imagine. Families finally find ways to make amends for past misunderstandings. Friends learn the importance of friendship and just being there for each other. Individuals are finally able to reach deep inside and finally find their inner strength. And romances are a more realistic slow burn of caution and the creation of a solid foundation.

I loved all of these characters and really felt their pain and journeys.

The parts that hurt me the most were the chapters told from the point of view of Liz's father, who has Alzheimer's. I felt like the author really captured that ebb and flow between confusion and clarity that plagues people who suffer from this horrid disease. I sobbed every tie, because I lost my mother to Alzheimer's last year, and I vividly remember her days like this. Also, Drake is an artist, specializing in landscapes, as was my late father. So this beautiful story just made me nostalgic for my own family, while reminding me of my own journey.

It was well done and I loved soaking up every word of it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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 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.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a $75 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of The Things We Knew by Catherine West (print to US/CAN, ebook to INT)
Ends October 23, 2019

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