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A Trick of Light [Kindle Edition]

Karen Blomain
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181287
  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,281 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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4 of 4 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
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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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting senario 7 Sept. 2012
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I was intrigued by the synopsis and bought it as a Daily Deal - worth the 99p but glad I didn't pay more. I found much of it improbable, such as the heroine who had never gone anywhere suddenly ups sticks and is away from her beloved home for months - practical issues such as paying bills, having post forwarded etc etc weren't dealt with and it was not explained how she could avoid telling her hosts her surname for so long. But, apart from these plot defects, it was well written and the characters sympathetic. Could see how easily Harriet was drawn into the deception she could not get out of, but the ending was bit weak. However, probably the only one which worked without major credibility issues. An OK read. Good idea, but execution lacking.
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I've seen a few reviews condemning this so feel the need to say it isn't light, 'chick flick'-type reading. It is a considered novel, about something out of the ordinary in a real-life situation happening (yet which could well happen to any of us married women), which explores the main character's thoughts and feelings and how she deals with quite an extreme situation under difficult circumstances. The main character is in her mid 40s (though quite old fashioned) if that helps you decide whether this book is for you. I enjoyed the book - it's written very well and it was good to think about something going wrong in a 'real life' situation and what I might do. I recommend it for a quiet, thoughtful and absorbing read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing 24 Sept. 2013
By Chris
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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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