Nessa Morris (mom to aliens, librarian to the visually impaired, and kidlit writer)

When Light BreaksAuthor: Patti Callahan Henry
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (May 2, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451218345
ISBN-13: 978-0451218346

Alright, it’s taking me forever to get around to writing my review of this book. I guess that tell you how much I liked it, eh? Not much. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my type of book. Too much description for me. However, the pros disagree with me here:

From Booklist: “Known for her lyrical writing in Losing the Moon (2004) and Where the River Runs (2005), Henry doesn’t disappoint in this beautiful novel of discovery and self-acceptance, a romance with universal appeal.”

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Fans of earnest Southern women’s fiction will appreciate the lessons here.”

The story is romance, with a lost love being found again. Kara is about to marry Peyton, when she follows her heart and decides to seek out her first love Jack. Kara volunteers at a local nursing home and is encouraged in her quest by an elderly woman named Maeve who spins tales of her own lost love. Maeve’s story’s are great. I truly enjoyed the flashbacks about Ireland that Maeve shared. Kara’s love story? Well, it was a bit predictable.

Overall, the novel isn’t bad, but my book group and I agreed it was rather boring. We tend to be more of a shoot-em-up-action-packed-adventure kind of gang. (Oh, and did I mention that my book group mainly consists of elderly women with vision impairments. Best. Book. Club. Ever. Unfortunately, we usually have about 20 people at meetings, which means the library’s meeting room is overflowing. Otherwise, I’d extend an invitation to everyone to join our discussions. But I’m off on a tangent, so back to When Light Breaks…)

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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