Author: Estelle Laure
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, HMH!)
“A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.”—Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Can the best thing happen at the worst time? Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.
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Of all the contemporary novels I read last year, there’s only one that took me three days to finish. That, my dear readers, is the fastest reading time I could afford at the moment because of my busy work schedule. It was such a breeze that I only stopped reading for bathroom breaks or when I needed to get back to work.
Showcasing a fresh, hypnotic writing style and decent pacing, This Raging Light is a debut novel that expresses raw and honest emotions with impactful depth. The feels claw out of the pages, making readers a part of the story. The characters are so authentic in a sense that they would pass off as living, breathing humans with problems and experiences that anyone could relate to. Lucille, the main character, is a strong and amazing sister to Wren. The romance is electric and beautiful! You’d feel the intensity of Lucille and Digby’s (the love interest) attraction to each other.
I love how This Raging Light is about being brave to face a scary world. Author Estelle Laure opens readers’ eyes to the firm realization that standing up on your own is all right. And yet you also have to keep in mind that it’s okay to ask for help. Oftentimes, there’s someone willing to extend a hand. You are not alone.
Burning with the brightness of hope and love, This Raging Light will definitely touch readers’ hearts.