This is a heart wrenching story about what one mother went through after she accidentally left her baby girl near the woods. It was hard to read about how much Ellis punished herself after she went back to the spot where she left Viola, and she was gone. How her husband didn’t take any of the blame, and how much of a wretch the mother-in-law is. The most heartbreaking of all is when Ellis decides she is not worthy of taking care of their twin boys so she leaves with no intention of coming back.
This is Part 1. Part 2 is all about Raven who is really Viola. It was a nice change of pace to read that Viola was abducted by a woman who did not abuse or harm her in any way. Even though her abductor was mentally unstable, she had enough sense in her to ask her sister for help when Raven/Viola was sick. I did find it hard to believe that the sister just accepted that this baby girl magically appeared with no questions. Red flag!
Overall this was a good read, but if you’re looking for a light story then this is not it. I have another book by this author so I would be curious to see how the two compare.
Thank you TLC Book Tours, Author Glendy Vanderah, Amazon Publishing and Lake Union Authors for my #copy. This one comes out April 1, 2021.
Book Rating: 3.5
Wine Pairing: Shannon Reserve Chardonnay
Go on a powerful journey of forgiveness and healing with The Light Through the Leaves, a transcendent novel of love, loss, and self-discovery by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars.
One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest.
In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended—for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. A breaking point in an already fractured marriage, Viola’s abduction causes Ellis to disappear as well—into grief, guilt, and addiction. Convinced she can only do more harm to her family, Ellis leaves her husband and young sons, burying her desperate ache for her children deeper with every step into the mountain wildernesses she treks alone.
In a remote area of Washington, a young girl named Raven keeps secrets inside, too. She must never speak to outsiders about how her mother makes miracles spring from the earth, or about her father, whose mysterious presence sometimes frightens her. Raven spends her days learning how to use her rare gifts—and more important, how to hide them. With each lesson comes a warning of what dangers lie in the world beyond her isolated haven. But despite her mother’s cautions, Raven finds herself longing for something more.
As Ellis and Raven each confront their powerful longings, their journeys will converge in unexpected and hopeful ways, pulled together by the forces of nature, love, and family.