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Set the Stars Alight por Dykes
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Set the Stars Alight (edição 2020)

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Título:Set the Stars Alight
Autores:Dykes (Autor)
Informação:Bethany House Publishers (2020), Edition: 6/1, 368 pages
Colecções:books read 2020

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Goodness. I’m not sure I have the words to fully express the beauty of this book. Set the Stars Alight by Amand Dykes is a masterfully written time-slip novel with one timeline set in present-day England and the other timeline in the early 1800s in England or aboard a ship belonging to its Navy.
This story is magic. Not the pick-a-card kind of magic, but the light-your-eyes-and-heart-
-with-wonder kind of magic. All the tales regaled in the Watchmaker’s cottage. All the impossible places visited. All the lessoned learned. Imaginations stretched. It creates an atmosphere of tangible magic--the contagious kind.
The mysteries and truths of this story are the kinds that broaden the limits of our hopes and dreams. When nothing is impossible, hope and wonder rule the day.
Set the Stars Alight is one of my favorite books from this year. I absolutely loved Lucy and Dash’s story, especially all the fantastical tales Lucy’s father told by firelight in their humble cottage. And Frederick’s story, while marked with heartache, is still incredibly beautiful in its persistence of nobility and selfless love.
I would highly recommend this book to any fan of Christian fiction, especially if you are a fan of time-slip novels.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  BlessednBookish | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book deserves 10 out of 5 stars! It is a beautiful, riveting, breathtaking story that captured my heart and soul! I can't fully explain just what an amazing read this was! ( )
  Julie_Jobe | Oct 12, 2020 |
This is a masterpiece, brilliantly written as this author weaves an amazing tale, with characters you want to learn more about. This is a captivating story line with a smooth a time slip aspect to it. The author has flawed characters jump off the page and into your heart as they journey through time dealing with almost impossible situations to get to the buried treasure. It’s an adventure none of them thought they’d be on and none like you’ve read.

Lucy Clairmont’s family loves to tell stories. Lucy’s father cleverly passes down their family heritage through these magical stories of the past. They also loved to share them with friends who found them just as fascinating.

I loved what the author had to say in author notes to readers about this unforgettable story, “……”As I wrote this story, God whispered a bit of bolstering encouragement into my heart about it. If I had to assign one word to describe it, it would be this: wonder.”

“Not wonderful – it felt far from wonderful, as I worked through the various states of it’s creation. Not wondrous – unless you mean wondrously perplexing and how in the world are all these pieces ever going to mesh together, ever?!”

(I wondered that myself! They were both gripping story lines. Grin! It is fascinating how she brought things together)

“No..just wonder. An aching word, a thing radiating hope if we will but pay attention and be amazed at the miracles of this life, of this very world.”

“Because, you see, this world can be a dark place. I don’t need to expound. We all know it. We see it every day. We feel the heaviness of it descend when we turn on the news.”

“But there is something else in this world, too. And it is light. Hope. Wonder. There is proof all around us, stories in every nook and cranny, promises yearning with joy to be fulfilled. That is what this story is about, at its very core. Wonder. Light that fights the dark. I pray that truth might come through my meager words, that it might breathe life in the spaces between my letters, words. Lines.”

The author does just that. This is a book to be experienced, not rushed through. This would be a wonderful book club for your next book club pick.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org ( )
  norastlaurent | Aug 12, 2020 |
I finished this story several days ago and have not written a review yet because I just don't think the words in a review can do it justice. I have seen Amanda Dykes books recommended by so many people that I knew that I just had to give them a try. This is the first book I have read by her, but will not be the last. I am not typically a fan of historical fiction, but have found that I enjoy a split timeline with modern day. From reading this book, I have found that this author has perfected the art of connecting the past to the present. I cannot even begin to describe the beauty of her writing. It is so poetic. She draws the reader in to these almost magical places and you feel like you are right there experiencing the adventures right along side the characters. In my opinion, this is definitely one of most well-written books of 2020.

Thank you to Bethany House and Netgalley for an e-book of this story. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. ( )
  Melissa_O | Jul 23, 2020 |
Amanda Dykes has once again written a magical, delightfully exquisite split-time novel that completely captivated me. With a setting in England and two stories aligning in different centuries—early 1800s and contemporary—the author has masterfully unfolded the stories layer by layer until they meld together perfectly for a powerful ending.

The characters are carefully drawn, realistic, and very endearing, and the stellar cast of secondary characters adds to the mystical charm of the tale. Richly painted settings, descriptive storytelling, and fascinating historical insight brought the story to life. The author’s lyrical, poetic prose enchanted me with its beauty and brilliance.

“Outside, the air slapped his cheeks with coolness and cleared his head.”
“And now . . . it felt like home again. Because family, gathered from odd corners of the earth and pieced together in growing friendship, was here.”
“This was a place of impossible. And what a beautiful impossible it was.”

There is a great spiritual depth to this book, with themes of Biblical truth, family, hope, healing, and the worth of a single soul. I found myself highlighting sentences and whole paragraphs, and when I finished, I immediately wanted to read it again to savor it and find the hidden layers.
“A single life can make more of a difference than we can possibly imagine.”
“In a world as dark as this, people forget how to see the light, so we need to remind them by telling the truth, paying attention. . . setting the stars alight.”

This author’s debut book, Whose Waves These Are, was my favorite book from last year. I’ve recommended it to countless people and even bought several copies to give for gifts. I’m sure Set the Stars Alight will be one of my top reads from this year. It’s bound for my keeper shelf. For a delightful, enchanting, beautifully written story, you’ll want to grab this one and savor every word. ( )
  swissgranny | Jul 22, 2020 |
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