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  • Reanne Powell

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

Some stories just linger in your heart, and this was one of them. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that so perfectly captures the essence of wonder and hope.

Lucy Claremont is the daughter of a London watchmaker. Both Lucy and her childhood friend, Dashel Green, grow up surrounded by the stories the watchmaker tells them. As an adult, Lucy becomes fascinated with the mystery of the missing ship Jubilee and makes it her mission to find it.

This split-time novel shifts to also tell the tale of Fredrick Handford, known only as a traitor to England and the one responsible for the missing ship, Jubilee.

I’m always amazed at the way Amanda Dykes weaves her stories together. She takes parts of history and fiction and seamlessly transforms them into poetry.

Basically, read this book if you’re in the mood for dark chocolate. This is a mystery and a gentle romance that needs to be savored. It awakens the desire to cultivate more experiences of wonder and allows you to embrace the sweet gift of hope. Definitely worth the read!


Overall: 5/5

Age: 15+

Romance level: 1/5


Find it at your local bookstore, or click the link to purchase online.

Canada: Paperback - Kindle - Audio

From the back cover:

Lucy Clairmont's family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it's Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she's discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers--and the healing--they so desperately seek.


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