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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: As the Light Fades
Author: Catherine West
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.
Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.
Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.
When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.
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“I’ll need to give it some thought. May I call you in a couple of days?”
“Sure.” Matt walked her out and led her around the main house to where she’d parked the car. “Wow. I didn’t think these old things still ran.” The beige and faux-wood paneled Ford station wagon had certainly seen better days, but it wasn’t unusual to see old cars here on the island.
“Runs better than you’d expect.” She had her sunglasses back on and stuck out a slender hand. “Well, thank you. Goodbye, Mr. Stone.”
The moment Matt clasped his hand around hers, a definite sizzle of attraction shook him to his senses.
Letting a woman like Elizabeth Carlisle live on his property was possibly the worst idea ever. Maybe she’d say she wasn’t interested anyway. But he needed the money. “Thanks for coming, Miss Carlisle. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.” Matt stepped back and watched her drive off. Half of him hoped he’d see her again. The other half, the more sensible, cautious side, said it’d probably be a darn good thing if he didn’t.
Excerpt From: Catherine West. “As the Light Fades.” iBooks.
The story is told via three POVs: Elizabeth Carlisle, who's moved back to the island after leaving her abusive ex. Her father is battling Alzheimer's. Matt Stone, who's recently arrived in town and is caring for his niece. Mia Stone, who's a troubled fifteen-year-old, forced to deal with things no one her age should have to handle. The three lives intersect when Elizabeth becomes the new tenant at Matt's guest house.
I'm not a huge fan of romances, and this does have a romance angle to it. It wasn't overwhelming, but it did make some parts a bit predictable. Also, a few parts felt a bit rushed. This is the second book in the series, but it could easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone. However, reading them in order would help the reader feel more of a connection to the characters. Family dynamics are strong, as are themes of forgiveness and second chances. The author tackles some difficult topics (domestic abuse and cutting) in a sensitive manner.
Possible trigger warnings: domestic abuse, cutting/self-harm
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.
Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
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