Saturday, 11 February 2017

Book Review - Letting In Light by Emma Davies - Back Catalogue Books

Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 

I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it!

Letting in Light was Emma Davies' debut novel and although when I started it, it was during a two day period with a lot of work on, and I had no intention of reviewing, only due to time constraints, I was so impressed that I feel I need to share this lovely book with everyone. 

Amazon UK
Title: Letting In Light
Author: Emma Davies
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 14th June 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Rowan Hill means many things to many people, but to Ellie Hesketh it represents new beginnings. Putting her life back together after a break-up is going to take time, but the crumbling country estate—as much in need of TLC as she is—seems the perfect place to do it.

But Ellie is not the only person for whom Rowan Hill is a refuge. There’s Will, damaged and complicated, whose secrets almost nobody knows. And Finn, his brother, who’s finally decided to stop running from his own past. As Ellie is drawn further into saving the estate, she can’t help but try saving the brothers too—and she’s sure she knows just how to go about it. The trouble is, she’s been accused of meddling before…

By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this story of friendship, forgiveness and unexpected romance reveals the lies we tell to hide dark secrets—and what can happen when we let in a little light.

What a charming story, it starts off with a great prologue that introduces you to both Ellie and Will in unusual circumstances, and then the story starts properly a year later, and by that stage I was already hooked and eager to know more about everyone. 

This may sound weird, but I felt really at peace while I was reading Letting In Light, I was really calm, and just transported to Rowan Hill, with its lovely set of characters who before long felt like old friends, but new at the same time, given the amount of complexity the brothers Will and Finn are hiding. 

To me the sign of a good book is one where on a day where I'm absolutely shattered, and have the option of sleeping or reading on my commute to work, what wins without even thinking was continuing my enjoyment of Letting In Light.  Not only did I stay awake, but I didn't really want to get off the train and stop reading. Not every book makes me feel like that. 

This is Emma Davies' debut novel, and its an incredibly impressive debut. I loved reading about Ellie and all of her ideas for everyone, was intrigued by Will's troubled past, and the setting of Rowan Hill was simply superb. It has huge grounds and the way the story and the area develops is incredibly impressive, and  I am already looking forward to my return to Rowan Hill, in Turn Towards the Sun. 

Letting In Light was a gentle story that draws you in very early on, and doesn't release its grip on you. The passage of time moves forward quite regularly, so it feels as though you are just catching up in the key moments of their lives, and I loved this story of friendship, family and love. 

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