Review: The Light We See by J. Lynn Bailey
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR.
And we forget that love is a verb, not a noun. Right love takes action. Good love takes lots of action. And great love is a never-ending story, being built and fixed every single day.
I'd heard a lot of positive things about J. Lynn Bailey's books, and it finally got to the point that I simply had to see it for myself. The thing is, I didn't see it; rather, I experienced how much of an inspiring author she is, and I have her latest novel, The Light We See, to thank for that. I wasn't quite prepared for the story that she told between the proverbial covers. With authors I'm more familiar with, I have some idea of what to expect most of the time, but with Bailey being a new-to-me author, I was going in with nothing more than recommendations I'd received and reviews that I'd read and a curiosity piqued by the intriguing blurb of her novel. Not all risks are worth taking, but when it comes to this author and her novel, it was a risk that I have absolutely no regrets of ever choosing to take.
If you have yet to read the blurb of The Light We See, I suggest you check it out right now. Go ahead. I'll give you a couple of minutes to find it on Goodreads or BookBub. Done? Admit it. It's aroused your curiosity and now you're wondering what it is the story could be about. Well, I honestly don't want to give too many details away. You can pretty much tell based on the blurb that the main characters are on a trip--a journey, if you will. Thirty-four-year-old Catherine Clemens finds herself traveling with a man recognized by many but known by only those who are closest to him. A decade older than her, Luke McCay is about to leave his home in Carpinteria, California, and Cat needs something from him, but what he gives her in return is going to prove totally life-changing for both of them.
I don't think I have the words to properly convey how wondrous this novel is. It is, indeed, heartrending, yet very much heartfelt. Luke and Cat's love story is a reminder, and it's one that seems to be a continuing theme among my current crop of favorite reads for 2019: It's not about the beginning or the end; it's about the journey. When these two meet, they're nothing more than strangers, but it's oftentimes the ones you don't expect to alter the trajectory of your life that end up doing so. While I'm actively stopping myself from divulging too much, I will allow myself to offer up a bit of advice before you start reading this book: make sure you have tissues with you. Trust me, you'll need them. The Light We See is one of the most unforgettable love stories you will ever read. Five-plus stars. ♥
Date Read: 16 November 2019
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