About As the Light Fades

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Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach. 

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia. 

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three. 

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

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My Review

OH MY. Just … OH MY.

I loved As the Light Fades. Loved, loved, loved. I’ve read most of West’s books, and this one definitely lands near the top — right next to The Things We Knew.

(Speaking of, readers of The Things We Knew will see some familiar faces, though West notes this is not an official sequel.)

As always, West doesn’t shy away from addressing tough topics. As the Light Fades alludes to those covered in The Things We Knew. Others addressed here include self-harm and abuse. And, as always, West deals with them healthily, straightforwardly, without glossing over or sweeping them under the rug. She provides hope above all, though the gospel isn’t out-and-out stated. (The book is published for the general market rather than Christian fiction.)

Characters develop well over the course of the book, and certainly evoke strong reactions — both good and bad! I loved Drake Carlisle (and Laurence makes me want to run for the hills).

I truly felt sad when the book ended — not because the story was incomplete, by any means; I’m just not ready to say goodbye to the characters! I wished for just a few more chapters!

I received a copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary (upmarket) fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Where Hope Begins released May 2018, and her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.