What Light Book Review – A Light, Fluffy Read for the Winter Season


what lightWhat Light comes from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jay Asher of Thirteen Reasons, which automatically intrigued me. Especially since this is a Young Adult romance that embraces true love, redemption, and even optimism. In short, What Light is an old-fashioned romantic tale about two teenagers who fall in love during the Christmas season. Only there are many obstacles that might keep them apart.

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Sierra is a high school junior who lives on a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. During the Christmas season, however, her family temporarily relocates each year to California to sell the trees. So, she lives two lives and has two sets of friends. But this year is different as her family may not afford to keep the store running in California after this season. So, with her family’s business in trouble, romance is the last thing on her mind. That is until she meets Caleb. A young man who works hard and uses his money to buy Christmas trees for the less fortunate. Immediately, she’s drawn to him.

Soon, a romance develops between the two. But not without complications. She learns he has a bad reputation in the town for a mistake he made a few years earlier. And, to be honest, the “mistake” is rather shocking and unsettling. However, Sierra sees Caleb for who he is now and believes in the power of forgiveness and transformation. But can true love overcome all the obstacles in their way?

One aspect I loved about the novel was the setting. Now this love, I admit is completely for nostalgic reasons. Like Sierra, my family seasonally ran a Christmas store. We didn’t sell trees but we did sell everything else Christmas. Even now, each year doesn’t quite feel like Christmas without the store. My senior year of high school was our final year. So, I guess you could say I could relate to Sierra in a unique way.

I also appreciated that Asher unabashedly embraces old-fashioned romance and first love in a non-cynical way. Asher is a wonderful writer and the characters are engaging and the story (while simple) makes for a quick, entertaining read perfect during this winter season.

Still, this novel may not be for everyone. Caleb’s “mistake” may make some readers uncomfortable. It was an odd mistake on Asher’s part to choose for the character. But if, like Sierra, you can get past the imagery of Caleb’s past, then you should be able to enjoy this romantic tale of transformation. I know I did.

Overall, while the book has a few slow moments, if you’re in the mood for a sweet holiday romance, then What Light makes for a wonderful choice.

ADAPTATION RECOMMENDATION

This book would make a delightful Hallmark film during their Christmas movie season. With old-fashioned romance, redemption, and even a Christmas tree store as a setting, this book has the perfect elements for a successful Hallmark film.

You can buy What Light on Amazon.

Content Note: PG like content due to the descriptions of mild violence. No profanity or explicit content.

OVERALL RATING

Four corset rating

“Hello, Gorgeous.”

ROMANCE RATING

four heart rating

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Amber Topping

CO-FOUNDER & EDITOR

A lover of stories in all forms and from all cultures and time periods, Amber honed her own storytelling skills as a girl by doing Shirley Temple impersonations and putting on plays with her siblings. Eventually, she turned to cheerleading, dance, and finally to writing and video editing. Amber is an empathetic and impassioned person with a strong independent will and an endless amount of creativity. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, and has contributed to various magazines. Her ultimate dream is to be a published author of books, screenplays, and to form a creative village of talented storytellers from around the world who can collaborate together to produce stories celebrating old-fashioned romance and diverse traditional storytelling. She believes stories have the positive power to unite, not divide.

  • VintagePrincess

    A quite good book I read this past Christmas was “Forever Christmas” by Robert Tate Miller. Now, in 2001 Robert Tate Miller and Eric Tuchman wrote the script of the movie “Three Days” and in 2014 Robert Tate Miller wrote the book that follows the plot of the movie. Some names and characters were changed but basically it’s the same story. I liked it. I will leave here the Goodreads link for the book and the IMDb link for the movie.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21556064-forever-christmas
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301935/

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