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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Sept. 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KGKIO8S
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Let the Light Shine Audiobook – Unabridged
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I have read a few books by Nick Alexander and have enjoyed them all so when I came across this one I was looking forward to reading it.
This book is about family dynamics and how events from childhood can shape you for life. It is about sisters Victoria and Penny. When we first meet them it is Christmas Eve and they are young children. The house is full of excitement and then Penny dozes off, when she wakes up the house feels different but she can't work out why... as adults Victoria and Penny seem very different to each other and there is a lot of friction between them. Victoria lives in London with her husband and son Bertie. They have a comfortable life and enough money to have holidays, new kitchens, for Victoria to spend her days at home rather than working. Penny lives by the seaside with her husband and two children. Her husband is an artist who hasn't sold anything for years, Penny works in a difficult job as a psychologist and feels as though she does all the housework, brings in all the money and that it is all too much. It must be so much easier to be Victoria... but Victoria has her own issues and is struggling through them. It isn't helped that their mother, Marge, seems to manipulate everything they say and twists their conversations round so it adds to the friction between the sisters even more.
This is a book that is definitely written by someone who understands the complexities of a sibling relationship. How resentments and bitterness can be carried on and grudges held for a long time. The delicate, fragile line between having a joke and a healthy debate to creating little digs and snide remarks which is so often the case with siblings.
It is so well written that you really get to know the characters and how they interact and feel about things. Because you get to know the characters, you really want to keep on reading to find out what happens to them and work out exactly why there are so many tensions and what exactly happened that Christmas Eve all those years ago?
I think this is a really well written book. It's not full of action but is, instead, full of complexities of family life, the strain of a sibling relationship, the distance that can develop in a marriage, the awkwardness of teenage years...
I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more by this author.
In this novel Nick Alexander has demonstrated one of his great strengths – writing characters and relationships you can really believe in, so much so that there were times when I wanted to shake one or other of the characters. There were also times when I had to wipe away a few tears before carrying on.
Secrets can never remain a secret forever though – and when the truth starts to be revealed the sisters will either be torn apart forever or be closer than before… only time will tell which.
Another great read from a wonderful author, as with all good books I was sorry to get to the end but ultimately satisfied by the story’s conclusion🙂
Centred around two sisters and their often unlikeable mother, this tale weaves a mystery, the threads of which originate in their childhood.
The pace slowly builds up over the pages until it becomes increasingly difficult to put down.
Nick portrays very real characters and the husbands and children of both sisters come alive and are not just thrown in for good measure.
I love the way Nick portrays his characters. They pop out and take centre stage and are not diluted by needless descriptions of where the scenes take place. Just enough to let them fit in comfortably and relate the story.
It’s no use looking for plot spoilers here. Suffice to say that the twists and turns will have you enthralled.
Another quality read from a very talented author. I still have a few other books of his to read so please excuse me while I bide my time until the next book!
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A lovely heart warming story that makes you cry through out.
The story made me cry plus it makes you think about life· Its a must read