Book Spotlight: The Light We See by J. Lynn Bailey
The Light We See
by J. Lynn Bailey
Date Released: November 12, 2019
About The Light We See
From Carpinteria, California, we left.
In Arizona, we barely spoke.
In New Mexico, I gave him a promise that I knew I couldn’t keep.
In Texas, we slept under the stars.
In Oklahoma, he told me a story I wouldn’t soon forget.
In Louisiana, he gave my soul a voice.
Between Arkansas and Mississippi, we took full advantage of an opportunity.
In Tennessee, I studied his face.
In Kentucky, he introduced me to his parents.
In Ohio, he found my heart.
In West Virginia, we drank whiskey and told ourselves that truths are better left untold.
In Maryland, we felt the weight of the night.
In Pennsylvania, his wife called.
And in New York, I asked myself one question:
Would he be able to let me go when it was time?
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An Excerpt from The Light We See
“One of these days, Catherine, I hope you’ll be able to see yourself the way I see you.” Luke takes the bill, staring at me as he pulls out his wallet and throws a credit card down.
I don’t ask how he sees me because I’m afraid of the truth. Afraid I’ll disagree. Afraid that his opinion of me will mean too much. Afraid of myself.
“Do you know what I see?” he asks.
I hold my breath, slowly shake my head.
“Well, I’m going to tell you anyway.” He leans forward on his elbows against the white tablecloth. “I see a woman who has more strength than most men. I see a woman who is so beautiful that the sun is mystified of her presence. I see a woman who has fought fucking hard to be who she is today. I see a woman who brings light into a room and leaves it when she goes. I see a woman who doesn’t give up, no matter the circumstances. And I see a woman who’s seen tragedy, lived through it, and still gotten back up.” Luke leans back. “You don’t see this because you’re focused on what you’re not.”
I stop fidgeting with the napkin. Meet his gaze.
“That’s who you are, Catherine Clemens, not some drug- addicted Hollywood daughter with four rehabs and a rap sheet behind her. It seems to me that you’ve always accepted the responsibility for your shit and everyone else’s shit.”
About J. Lynn Bailey
More importantly, she’s the mother of two beautiful children and a wife to her high school sweetheart. She’s also a mother of two extremely needy cats, Leo and Vinni, and an Australian Shepherd named Grizz.
She lives with her family in a small town tucked away in the redwood forest, located on California’s northern coast.
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