Blanche’s Book Club: ‘What Light’.

How is everyone doing? I feel like this is a bit of a slow week, but I’m not mad about it. It always seems like the month of December moves so quickly and I always wish I would have savored the holiday season a bit longer.

At the start of the week, I was really focused on getting the last of my gifts wrapped and shipped out so they can get to their final destinations on time. In this later part of the week, I picked up a few deadlines, so I’ll be working on those.

Next week, I’m hoping to relax some and have a solid Christmas movie marathon. Regardless of deadlines or other plans, you know I’m still over here trying to read my last few books of the year!

So, let’s jump into Blanche’s Book Club’s latest read: “What Light” by Jay Asher. Here’s the scoop:

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Jay Asher is also the author of “13 Reasons Why” which is phenomenal. Unfortunately, this book is not that. Ha!

I really enjoyed this aspect of Sierra’s family owning a tree farm, and there was a part in the book that alluded to other families having this same lifestyle in the area. I felt there was a larger story there, but this was a YA seasonal romance.

I think the disappointment for me was that I couldn’t get on board with Sierra’s relationship with Caleb. He wasn’t a likable character, and when I don’t like a character, it’s really difficult for me to get invested.

Was this a horrible book? No. There were some cute parts, and it is a light seasonal read. Just not my favorite.

I am still reading more Elin Hilderbrand’s “Winter Street” series and now the “Paradise” series, so you can expect to see those on the blog soon!

What books are you all reading right now?

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