This is the second full-length novel that I have read by this author. I have also read other novellas written by her. So, I knew that Set the Stars Alight would most likely be written in a beautifully poetic style, full of whimsy and wonder. What I didn’t foresee was that this tale would be one of the best stories I have ever read. And I have read a lot of stories.
Set the Stars Alight is an intricately woven dual-timeline novel, with both timelines entrancing me equally. That is almost unheard of for me. I usually have a distinctly favorite timeline when I am reading a book that travels from one time to another in its storytelling. I loved these stories equally.
I finished this book hours ago and cannot stop thinking about the characters in both timelines. I am enthralled with their love stories and the way in which the author connected the characters and events. I simply want to pick this book up and read it for the first time again, so that I can experience once more the wonder of the tales that the watchmaker told to Lucy and Dash.
The author not only wove two beautiful timelines together, but she also gently and clearly pointed to the One who weaves all things together, even from the beginning of time. I can’t say enough good things about this book or express how much joy it brought to my heart to read it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lucy Clairmont’s family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she’s discovered in her family home.
Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.
As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers–and the healing–they so desperately seek.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. Give her a rainy day, a candle to read by, an obscure corner of history to dig in, and she’ll be happy for hours. She’s a former English teacher, and her novella, Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale, was met with critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, Readers’ Favorite, and more. She is also the author of a novella in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. Whose Waves These Are is her debut novel.