From Carpinteria, California, we left.
In Arizona, we barely spoke.
In New Mexico, I gave him a promise that I knew I couldn’t keep.
In Texas, we slept under the stars.
In Oklahoma, he told me a story I wouldn’t soon forget.
In Louisiana, he gave my soul a voice.
Between Arkansas and Mississippi, we took full advantage of an opportunity.
In Tennessee, I studied his face.
In Kentucky, he introduced me to his parents.
In Ohio, he found my heart.
In West Virginia, we drank whiskey and told ourselves that truths are better left untold.
In Maryland, we felt the weight of the night.
In Pennsylvania, his wife called.
And in New York, I asked myself one question:
Would he be able to let me go when it was time?
Love it! Had me in tears!
Sometimes a book is so beautiful you hate for it to end. This is that book. You will need a box of tissues but it’s worth the journey.
“And we forget that love is a verb, not a noun”
This book deserves more than 5 stars...let’s start there....that quote stood out to me and one I will not forget.
I LOVE this book so much! Luke and Catherine are amazing, well written characters. I can’t think of them and NOT cry. My heart still aches at their story....their story apart and their story together. Their story before, during and after. Let that sink in.
I don’t think I have cried as much as I did after reading Standing Sideways. The Light We See will definitely break you, how can it NOT after certain circumstances leave no other way for these characters.
This is where I just break down....it’s the reminder of the Catherines and Lukes out in the world. Once you read this book you’ll understand. I can’t say much without giving away (which I don’t want to do) but what they have to face reminds me that there are people in the real world dealing with what the characters did in the book. It just absolutely breaks me to know there are many Fionas and James out there too. It’s a reminder of the crappy hand lots are dealt.
As I was reading, Luke’s words were so profound that I felt he truly makes an impact with living life, loving hard and laughing out loud. I highlighted certain quotes that touched my heart I felt as if he were speaking directly to me. I only hope it does the same to others.
Catherine, my heart hurts for her. I’m so glad that she was able to find some type of peace with her situation. Her journey was not easy but her survival skills amaze me.
If you’ve read J Lynn Bailey then you’re familiar with her writing style. Her writing in The Light We See didn’t make me feel as if I were reading fiction or romance. I felt as if I were friends with these characters and having a reunion and getting caught up on life. The Light We See isn’t just about 2 characters connecting....no, it’s about forgiveness, acceptance, regrets, love, friendship, family, truths and living. It’s not just about Catherine and Luke but all the other characters we meet along on the journey.
“When you look back on this life, when you’re old and gray, you’ll give yourself the gift of forgiveness.”
And now I’m crying, again