Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

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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.


I enjoyed this time slip novel from present to past with awesome characters and a wonderful plot. 
Dykes sure knows how to draw her readers in from the beginning until the end. 
Her writing is very beautiful! 
I think what I really liked about this book was how the generations of Lucy's family was woven in to be believable and realistic. 
A very entertaining story that will make you want to keep turning the pages of this book until you are finished. 
I didn't want the book to end it was so good! 
I especially loved how the author had woven the story of the HMS Jubilee in as I love ships! 
Astronomy has always interested me too so that's why this story has captivated me so much! 
And this is a book that will leave you thinking about Lucy and her family long after their story is over. 
I really loved this quote " To Remember the God who is coming and coming and coming to find your heart" he'd said. Wherever you are, whatever's happened. With every miracle that around every ordinary corner. It did not feel like he was riddling them, only continuing his nightly stories. 
I believe what he's telling Lucy is that God knows what is inside her heart all the time and that he's coming again.


Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. She's a former English teacheAmanda Dykesr and the author of Whose Waves Twww.amandadykes.comhese Are, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, as well as three novellas. Find her online at www.amandadykes.com.

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