SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

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Title: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books

Published: December 22, 2015

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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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A journey worth taking with a heroine who demonstrated unsurpassed courage and determination despite her circumstances.

The romance junkie in me was drawn to the idea of the heroine falling for the best friend’s brother. However, this story is SO much more than that. It was about a girl who faced what life threw at her with grace and purpose. She was the glue that held together what was left of her family refusing to succumb to the emotions that bubbled just beneath the surface.

I adored Lucille. She was wise beyond her years and yet pleasantly naive making her a bit of an anomaly. She was forced into adulthood much too soon but faced the challenge with eagerness and determination. My motherly instinct was to reach into the pages and hug this girl and then shake some sense into her. The budding romance with Digby was sweet and frustrating – par for the course with most teen relationships. It provided a little something normal for Lucille in an otherwise challenging time in her young life.

A pleasant twist of angelic proportions made my heart soar and nicely wrapped up this story. Laure’s writing style was engaging, the story was enjoyable and the characters were likeable. My only regret is the haste with with the story concluded. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the events leading up to the conclusion , but overall I am content with where things ended.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

*I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.

From the Author Website:

There was something savage and brutal about being a kid, something all the My Little Ponies and Cabbage Patch Dolls couldn’t smooth over, but it was filled with magic too, most of which I found in books. I think The Breakfast Club is the perfect movie, falling down the stairs and denial are my biggest fears, I try to read at least a book a week, and I still occasionally play dress-up.

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