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A Trick of Light

A Trick of Light [Kindle Edition]

Karen Blomain
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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When Hattie Darling’s husband Ben dies on his first night home from an extended business trip, she is devastated. But when she finds among his belongings evidence that there had been another woman in his life, Hattie is unable to mourn Ben as she thinks she should. In an attempt to make peace with her discovery, and against the advice of her friends, Hattie decides to find the other woman and confront her. At the heart of this emotional novel is the intertwining of the lives of two very different women who connect in unexpected and inspiring ways.

About the Author

Karen Blomain, a native of Pennsylvania, received two PEN USA Syndicated Fiction Prizes, numerous fellowships and residencies. She published four volumes of poetry and edited an anthology of regional poetry. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and conducted writing workshops in France, Austria, Russia and throughout the United States. A Trick of Light was her first novel, originally published in 2000. Karen Blomain passed away in 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (29 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y0BYHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read for the sunbed! 14 Aug 2012
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In fairness, this isn't really my type of book, I'm more into intrigue and suspense, but I did actually enjoy reading this!

It's hard to comment without giving away the plot. Ben Darling has worked away from home for most of his married life. He and his wife Hattie live in a small, sleepy country town, and Hattie has never wanted to go with Ben on his travels for work. The book starts with Ben returning home, has a big reunion with his wife and promptly
dies. Doesn't take much imagination to work out that he has a big secret, or what it is!

The storyline is that Hattie wants to find out the secret and sets off on her journey.

It's not a mystery story, but one about what Hattie finds out, and how she deals with her discoveries.

Perhaps the book is best described as a gentle, enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Riveting...until the end 13 Oct 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, one of those books that you have to spend ALL your spare time reading until you've finished.
I got involved with all the characters and it made me think about how I would have dealt with the situation.
I only gave it 3 stars because the ending was wrong - too abrupt and no conclusion. There was a predictable way this book could/should have ended, and I really don't mind a twist at the end with something unexpected happening, but this left too much unfinished. It's all very well leaving it to the reader's imagination but if I wanted to do this I would be writng books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre reading 12 Aug 2012
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Bought this on a Kindle daily deal for 99p. I'm glad I had not spent more on this book, as the story line was tepid, I had no need to rush back to this book inbetween chapters, as I was not bothered about what was happening to the characters. It was a totally unbelievable and rediculous story line, that had little substance and depth. I came to pity and dislike the main character for being such a stereotypical weak stay at home wife, easily fooled and glad to find a bit of intrigue in her sad average life. Her moral compass spins out of control for her own entertainment and she does not end up doing the right thing. I had to skip through the last few chapters as it was so awful only to find a disappointing ending. Even for 99p, don't bother in this self indulgent writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 1 Aug 2012
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Enjoyed the book, got very drawn into the lives of the characters, read it in 2 days. Was disappointed with ending and lack of depth which is why the 3 stars. Would recommend if you want something easy to read with a good storyline, don't purchase if you are expecting a deep and meaningful highly emotional book. In my opinion it was a good storyline but was too calm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing 24 Sep 2013
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Such a wonderful absorbing story , the characters were brought to life by the author and I was hooked from the first chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 16 Sep 2013
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I wanted the story to go on. One of those nooks you cannot put down but do not want to finish
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay 26 Aug 2013
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Its okay for a sunday afternoon nothing else to do read, not the best not enough to hold my interest
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 17 Aug 2013
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Although the concept of what the main character is trying to achieve can be at times a little far-fetched there is a certain realism to Hattie wanting to absolutely make sure and it easy to see how she is drawn to his 'other life' and emphathises with his other family. I think the book is extremely well written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A trick of light
Very emotional well written and a surprising ending but could feel the pain and understood the wave of emotions that is in this story
Published 6 months ago by Mary Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Weepy
A good story line if you like that. Sort. Of. Book sad a great writer I really liked it could not put it down
Published 7 months ago by Frank 72 frank70
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story - Great read
Once you got into the book it flowed nicely. Getting towards the end I could not put down. Hoping for a happy ending for everybody in the story as the characters were easy to like... Read more
Published 9 months ago by mrs k m walton
3.0 out of 5 stars A trick of the light by Karen Blomain
I enjoyed this book. A heartwarming story. Not too sentimental or over dramatic. It follows an ordinary women who has never looked too deeply into her life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian Humphreys
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed this book. First thought it was cruel not to share news of death but story wouldn't have played out the same. Read more
Published 13 months ago by WRM
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but a bit wishy
Great book at first but soon turned a bit wishy washy, not really going anywhere. Ended as quickly as it started
Published 14 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars book club
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I found it easy to read and light reading, I would recommend it to anyone
Published 14 months ago by J. HOWELL
3.0 out of 5 stars Man living double life dies
After the death of her husband ,wife discovers he has lived a double life. Keeps the reader interested as the wife feels a need to find out the answers to his second life ,ending... Read more
Published 19 months ago by molly
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but disliked the protagonist
This book was good but I took a dislike to the main character of the story. I did think the story got into elements of fantasy and the ending was a bit bizarre. It was an ok book.
Published 21 months ago by James
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