About Set the Stars Alight

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Lucy Clairmont’s family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she’s discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers–and the healing–they so desperately seek.

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My Review

Set the Stars Alight is hands down my top fiction read of Q2 2020. I came a bit late to the game with Whose Waves These Are (Dykes’ first novel); when I did make it there, I knew it was something special. So I might have jumped a little too happily at the chance to read Set the Stars Alight!

The two books are standalone; feel free to read either first. I guarantee once you read one, you’ll want to read the other immediately!

Dykes has a way with words that I’ve not experienced in many other authors. She writes lyrically, poetically–and makes this reader, anyway, vacillate between wanting to speed ahead and find out what happens next, and read ever so slowly to savor every word. (The perennial conundrum of wanting to have one’s cake and eat it too?!)

I loved that certain things I thought would happen didn’t. I don’t say that often, but it’s true here; I was happily proved wrong and left far more satisfied than if I’d been right. Whew. (This non-English major fears that when something is super obvious to me, it’s going to be even more obvious to a lot more people. So yay.)

Having been to Greenwich on my last British adventure, I loved revisiting the Prime Meridian and other notable places of interest in this book. Dykes truly brought each location to life! (And can I please visit Stone’s Throw now?) The mystery around the HMS Jubilee proved fascinating, and resolved even better than I envisioned.

Excellent, excellent read. I think I’ll go read it again now, hmm?

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

About the Author

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Amanda Dykes is a former English teacher, a drinker of tea, and a spinner of hope-filled tales. For more information, visit www.amandadykes.com.

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