Monday, May 3, 2021

SET THE STARS ALIGHT By Amanda Dykes, Reviewed by Kim

Amanda Dykes writes stories that are meant to be savored. They are layered, immersive, and so well written. This is a time slip and I ended up loving both stories equally. I also loved how the two stories tied together so beautifully!

I really enjoyed Dash and Lucy’s story and how Lucy’s family took Dash into their lives. The secondary characters really added to their story. During the first half of the book, I didn’t want to leave Dash and Lucy, but as I continued to read, I become so absorbed in Frederick’s story that I didn’t want to leave that one! He had such a sad childhood, but the kindness shown to him by Juliette’s family made such an impact on him that it completely changed the course of his life. I loved how selfless he was.

I will say this story took me a minute to get into, but once I did I was hooked. I also felt like Juliette could’ve been a tad warmer to Frederick towards the end of the story.

All in all, I highly recommend this beautifully written story and I’m looking forward to reading whatever Amanda Dykes writes next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. The faith thread is light.

BackCover Blurb:
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.

Bethany House Publishers June 2020

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