This month’s pick of the month from Andrea Peskind-Katz from GREAT THOUGHTS, GREAT READERS is
by Joy Jordan-Lake
Every month, Andrea chooses a book either written by an individual aged 50Plus or written for this awesome community!
Review by ANISSA TELLE
A Bend of Light by Joy Jordan-Lake is an outstanding work of historical fiction featuring multiple mysteries set in Maine post-World War II (1950).
Amie Stillwell found her freedom photographing the war. Now back in her idyllic coastal hometown, albeit reluctantly, she starts anew and works to escape her tumultuous past. However, she finds herself plagued by demons and forced to unravel untold secrets.
Jordan-Lake weaves a journey that causes Amie to delve into why the unexpected keeps occurring. From an abandoned boy to a murdered society woman, to the return of a long-lost neighbor, and still more, Jordan-Lake keeps the reader invested in these events. Through it all we witness the growth and untold bravery of Amie as she navigates her past colliding all too quickly with her present.
The combination of memorable characters and unexplained circumstances, along with the richly lyrical dialogue and landscape of coastal Maine, makes A Bend of Light a must read. Be prepared to be transported with a fabulously satisfying story full of intrigue, deception, and tough choices as Amie navigates finding the truth. Her strength and resilience draw her into the undercurrent of the tragedies occurring all around her.
Be careful not to get too complacent as the outcome of the story will surprise you. This unexpected ending is one only the most masterful of mystery writers can skillfully execute and Jordan-Lake showcases her gifts yet again in this arena.
I was provided a free advance reader copy from Lake Union Publishing in exchange for my honest review. The opinions shared in this review are my own.
About the Author: Joy Jordan-Lake
Joy Jordan-Lake is a #1 Amazon bestselling author, mom, hiker, dog-lover, gardener of all things hardy that need no coddling. She is also a recently-rededicated–but often backsliding–runner and, from time to time, an adjunct professor of literature and creative writing.
To date, she authored ten books, including historical and dual timeline novels such as the #1 bestselling A Tangled Mercy, set in Charleston, SC; Under a Gilded Moon, set at the Biltmore Estate during the Gilded Age; and the Christy Award-winning Blue Hole Back Home. Joy’s most recent children’s picture book is Sir Drake the Brave. Learn more on her WEBSITE.
About Andrea Peskind Katz from GREAT THOUGHTS, GREAT READERS:
Andrea Peskind Katz runs Great Thoughts, Great Readers, a Book Salon presented via her private FB group where approximately 6000 prolific readers and authors interact. She also founded Greatthoughts.com, a lifestyle website blog focusing on Great Books and Great Travel. To quote Robert Frost, she created her “second act” career to “unite my avocation and my vocation”. After 20 years in high pressure sales, Andrea retired to spend time doing what she loves best: hanging with her family, reading good books.
Each month, Andrea chooses a book for 50PlusToday that is either written by or for 50Plus individuals.