*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
“Something changed the day we met. The shift was small but pivotal. Somehow I knew things would never be the same.”
Play of Light by Debra Doxer was a beautifully written, endearing love story. It reaffirms my love of the saying, if you love someone, set them free and if they return then it’s meant to be. Sarah and her family moved away from their sleepy seaside town after tragedy struck. But the circumstances surrounding their move were kept quiet. The one person Sarah relied on was her best friend and first crush, Spencer. But when she needed him the most he rejected her and Sarah left with a broken heart for more reasons than one.
Five years later, Sarah returns to the same sleepy town but this time she isn’t a naïve little girl and she finds the strength to right a wrong. I really admired her for that. But when she comes face to face with Spencer all grown up, she doesn’t know if she should run away from him or run to him.
From the very first page, I fell in love with Debra’s beautiful writing. I felt I was lured in gently; a small peek of the past was revealed before we returned to the future, knowing everything had changed. I really like the way the flashbacks were incorporated and I think it worked really well.
This story was all about the characters, Spencer and Sarah were just kids when they first met but we really got to know them, it was clear how Sarah felt about Spencer and your first love is always your strongest.
“I thought I couldn’t really love anyone until I saw Spence again. Then I realized the problem wasn’t that I couldn’t love–it was that I couldn’t love anyone but him.”
Spencer didn’t have it easy growing up and I really felt for him. Sarah was his escape; she dulled the pain for him when the alcohol couldn’t. During the last time they met, I knew in that moment what Spencer was doing therefore I never disliked his character for a minute; I was just waiting for the timing to be right for them both to start over.
I think what I loved most about this book was the storyline. Today it’s hard to find something that little bit different; Play of Light is just that. I was entertained throughout the book, I even felt anxious towards the end, my was mind racing with things that could happen. The storyline felt believable to me, I took in every word and finished with a huge smile, feeling proud of the characters and how far they had come.
If I could ask for anything more it would be for an epilogue. What can I say? I’m greedy, I fell in love with Sarah, Spencer and their beautiful relationship and my favourite part of the story is always getting a glimpse into their future. For now, I’ll just use my own imagination.
Lastly, I can't finish this review without mentioning the cover; it is absolutely stunning and fits the story perfectly. I really can't wait to own it in paperback.
We need variety in life and Play of Light gives us that in abundance. It was a refreshing read, wonderfully written and one I recommend you try.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Love. As an avid reader, I’ve read many stories on love. The power of it. How love can destroy, consume, and overcome. Play of Light goes beyond that. It’s about a beautiful kind of love. The love that exists simply because two people recognized their soul in another.
“I fell in love with Spencer Pierce the day he saved me from the Pirates.”
From the moment fourteen year old Sarah Walsh placed her eyes on Spencer Pierce she was never the same. Meeting him caused a complete shift in her life. Spencer is new in town and lives with his uncle after the death of his parents. As they begin their secret friendship, Sarah learns that Spencer has secrets that cause him a great deal of pain physically and emotionally. Spencer shouldn’t let Sarah in, but he does. They never agree upon a secret friendship, but it happens. It’s as if they do not want to share this special connection with others. Despite the darkness in Spencer’s life, he found his light in Sarah.
“He’d given me a glimpse of the darkness he felt every day, and I didn’t know what to do with it or how to make it better for him.”
A tragic event forces Sarah and her family to leave the only place she has called home. The boy she has fallen for, thinks it’s best she leaves too. However, unknown to Sarah, he has his reasons. Loving her enough to know that she is better off elsewhere, even if it means she’s away from him. This devastates Sarah. Five years later, Sarah returns home. The place that caused pain, loss, and heartache. The one place her mom begged her not to return to because of the secrets and lies left behind. The place that shattered their lives into pieces that will never be whole again.
“Then I realized the problem wasn’t that I couldn’t love-it was that I couldn’t love anyone but him.”
Sarah tried to love again. But she could never fully give her heart to any man that it did not belong to. Spencer found nothing but emptiness in the women he encountered as there is only one woman to make him feel whole. Play Of Light goes beyond the cliché second chance romance, childhood love. It’s deeper than that. Spencer and Sarah share a connection that cannot simply be put into words. But you feel it. You LIVE it. The author’s words give these characters life. The emotions grip you. You are immersed into Spencer and Sarah’s story the moment you start the first page.
“I’m not going to break, Spencer. “I know”, he said. “But you can if you want to.”
This story made my heart happy. There are secrets, lies, and pain, but despite that, love triumphed. There are broken pieces, slowly mended as two lovers are reconnected. By fate. By something stronger than them. Spencer and Sarah’s love story is not an easy one. I loved that the author didn’t make their love easy. It’s genuine and realistic. Their love hurts. But their love also heals. Their love consumes. Even years later, their connection feels stronger than ever.
“Would you ever love me enough to want to spend forever with me?”
The writing was both flawless and effortless in it’s delivery of a well developed, touching story of two people that love never gave up on despite their circumstances. The story weaves seamlessly through the past and present for the reader to fully understand the story and the depth of the love and frienship that exists between Spencer and Sarah. The pacing of this story was beautiful. I connected not only to the story, but to the characters. I teared up, I laughed, I simply lived through this story. Sarah and Spencer will stay with me for a long time to come. Play of Light is a beautiful, heartfelt story that gives hope to love and all it is capable of overcoming. Their love wins.
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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