This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

To be published by Orchard Books in January 2016

“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.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this ARC to read and share my honest opinion. I had heard so many good things about this book and I was looking forward to checking it out for myself.

Wow. It’s difficult to put my finger on just what it is that makes this book so unique. The storyline is another variation of the standard teen love story but this has something extra, something almost magical within its pages. The writing style has an atmosphere all of its own and the authors words pulled me in until I felt like I was part of the book.

Lucille’s honest thoughts were endearing and I found myself nodding along with familiarity over her crush on Digby – we’ve all been there at one time or another haven’t we! Her struggles at home made my heart hurt, somehow I had become completely attached to this character and her welfare in just a few pages.

Have you ever had a grateful bellybutton? Apparently Lucille did and it was this kind of lovely little phrase that made This Raging Light so special in my eyes.

If you like a bit of mystery when you’re reading, this covers that too. A mysterious good Samaritan had my mind working overtime, I just couldn’t figure it out!

The ending came far too quickly and was a little unusual. It left me feeling like I needed more, I really hope it’s leading the way for a sequel.

This was a raw, unputdownable read. It oozed passion and warmth from every page.

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