Thursday, 26 July 2018

Book Review - Where The Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon

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Title: Where The Light Gets In
Author: Lucy Dillon
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: 9th August 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’

It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.

Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.

But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . 

Incredibly emotional, a roller coaster of feelings as we meet Lorna, Betty, Joyce, two little dogs, and a few other very key characters in a book that drew me in from the start and that I am very glad to have read. 

Lets start with the key canine since I absolutely love it when Lucy Dillon has dogs in her books, and Rudy is a very sweet but anxious daschund that seems scared of almost everything.  Lorna decides to keep him after his owner passes away very early in the book. 

Between Lorna and Rudy they move to Longhampton to buy and run an art gallery and Lorna is looking forward to having for the first time ever no-one to share her living space with  but as you may expect things don't always go according to plan. 

Between being a good friend, helping to support her sister and niece in a new family crisis, a couple of men giving her attention, plus a new business to build Lorna's new life is hectic. 

I loved the characterisations of the various people, and all the descriptions were so vivid.  I could really see what some of the big artwork mentioned was looking like. 

There are some very creative ideas in this book, but its the story of friendship that really got to me. As I got to know the various people, I liked them all more and more, and at points huge amounts of emotion were welling up in my throat and eyes. 

I really enjoyed every moment of this lovely book, and really think it is another triumph from Lucy Dillon, who writes so beautifully and with such heart. 

Thank you to Transworld and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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