Where the Light Gets in by Lucy Dillon – Book Review

Where the Light Gets in by Lucy Dillon – Book Review

Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon

Where the Light Gets in

Author – Lucy Dillon
Publisher – Black Swan
Pages – 464
Released – 9th August 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1784162092
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Review by – Selina
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Sometimes the cracks in your heart can be mended in unexpected ways . . .

If Lorna’s learned one thing, it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as the anxious little dachshund trembling beside her.

Sick of life in the big city, Lorna’s come home to fulfil her dream of running a successful art gallery. Desperate for change, Lorna just wants a fresh start but can she find it in Longhampton? This is where her tight-knit family shattered into pieces. It’s where her doubts about herself took root and where she first fell in love and had her heart broken. It’s everything she was running away from.

But life and love can surprise you and all Lorna has to do to let the light in is open her heart . . .

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We meet Lorna, who is thirty and having left her home of Longhampton when she was young, she has now returned to run the local art gallery. She lost both her parents and only has her sister Jess left. Not sure which direction to turn she decides to give the gallery a go and see where it will take her. As Lorna settles back in town, she runs into a few faces from the past.

Where the Light Gets in has a good array of supporting cast, with lots of action going on throughout. The story also includes a few dogs with Lorna now looking after a timid dachshund called Rudy after his owner Betty passed away and Lorna couldn’t see him sent to the shelter home.

I especially loved watching Lorna’s relationship with Joyce grow throughout. Joyce is an artist who likes to keep herself to herself but she sees something in Lorna and starts to trust her. Besides her Border Terrier Bernard had taken a liking to Lorna!

This is one of those heart-warming stories that tugs at your heartstrings. It is full of friendships, love, and grief. Lucy Dillon puts you very much in the centre of the action, and it will leave you with a tear in the eye. I Look forward to more from her in the future.

Book Reviewer – Selina

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About the Author

Lucy Dillon Where the Light Gets in

Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria, worked for a while in publishing in London, and now lives in the Wye Valley with her husband and their Border terrier. She has written eight novels set in the fictional Midlands town of Longhampton, which looks a bit like Hereford, although the inhabitants tend to sound rather more Northern than that.


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16 Responses

  1. Emma Mane says:

    I love Lucy’s books. I’ve not read this one. I’ll have to buy myself a copy. Nice review.

  2. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Great review. I was sold the moment you said the story had dogs in it. A winner for me!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Nice review ,sounds like it might be something I would read

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds lovely – I wants

  5. NICOLE PYLES says:

    Oh this sounds really good. I’ll have to check this one out.

  6. Gemma says:

    I’ve heard lots about this author but never read one of her books. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

  7. Finitha Jose says:

    I love that cover. Great review

  8. Great to hear you love her books. I hope you enjoy this one too.

  9. Thank you. Dogs are a winner for a lot of people in books.

  10. Thank you. Lovely to hear you would read it too.

  11. It really is. I hope you get to read it.

  12. It is really good.

  13. I love the cover too. Thanks

  14. You are very welcome.

  15. Megan | Ginger Mom & Company says:

    I love heartstring-tugging books 🙂 I haven’t read any of her books yet but you’ve put them on my radar now. Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

  16. Glad we have put her books on your radar. Thanks