A magical, romantic novel.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
In an aged brick cottage in London, the magic of the past comes alive each night for the family of a humble watchmaker. In her father’s fireside stories, Lucy Claremont’s fascination with the high seas begins, leading her to devote her life’s work to discovering the whereabouts of a legendary lost ship. But when tragedy strikes, it’s childhood friend Dashel and his knowledge of the stars that may help her solve the puzzle.
Two hundred years earlier, three young lives are altered forever when a shepherd rescues the privileged son of a powerful admiral. As the children grow, war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, deep love, and a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption that fades into obscurity as centuries pass.
As Lucy and Dash explore mysterious ruins 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.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Once in a while, you stumble upon a novel that is so magical it makes you believe God exists and that life works in mysterious ways.
Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes is one such magical novel.
It is a story of love, hope, friendship, community, and devotion. It is also a story of courage and finding the truth. The story-within-the-story format makes the journey of finding the truth even more enjoyable.
It is also a romantic novel. Not the toe-curling one, but the one that tenderly wraps you in a cocoon of bliss.
The Matchstick Girl and the Lost Boy.
That’s our couple – Lucy and Dash. The love between them and another couple filled my heart to the brim.
The entire book is a celebration of duality – fairy-tale-like but grounded, mysterious and adventurous but also magical and romantic. It is laced with tragedy in some places, but it is also inspirational and uplifting. It has one foot in modern-day England and another in 19th century England. Dykes intricately weaves together the two threads separated by centuries and makes both the timelines equally captivating to read.
Moreover, the lyrical prose made this book a wonder to read. Further, Dykes is a gifted storyteller. She knows how to spin a story and draw you in.
“The secret to a good riddle,” he told them one night, his voice trying and not quite succeeding to reach the peaks and valleys of his old magical tone, “is to begin at the end. Know what your answer is, and slowly drop clues. Your listeners won’t know they are clues, of course—not until they lean in.”Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes
Dykes does just that. She took me along on the ride to find the whereabouts of a lost ship by dropping clues throughout. All the riddles and bits of puzzles mesh harmoniously to produce a smoothly flowing and richly detailed book.
The novel has vivid descriptions of the scenes, sights, and smells which made me believe as if I was with Lucy and Dash chasing the mystery of the lost ship.
Further, I fell in love with every single character in this book, so meticulously they have been crafted. However, my favorite was Frederick. Dykes poignantly conveys his feelings; child of a hard father and a dead mother, a boy considered insolent and stupid because of his rich upbringing, and a boy so lonely – he is always looking in from the outside until a shepherd’s kind act changes his life.
Dykes’ Set the Stars Alight tenderly reached across to me and made me believe, even if for a few hours, “Nothing is impossible.”
It is a beautiful book meant for quiet and adventurous souls alike. Highly recommended.
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Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
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 teacher and the author of Whose Waves These Are as well as of three novellas.
Find her online at www.amandadykes.com
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