Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

Set the Stars Alight book cover

Thanks to treasured memories of her father’s stories as a child, Lucy Clairmont has a wild imagination, so when she finds an artifact under the floorboards of her London flat, her interest is immediately peaked.  She enlists the help of her childhood friend and now forensic astronomer, Dashel, and together they dig into the past of a mysterious estate on the East Sussex coast.  Two hundred years earlier, a wealthy young boy becomes entangled in a war that leads to love and sacrifice.  As the two stories intertwine over time, the characters seek redemption and peace.


Oh my goodness!  This story is beautifully told, the settings, history, and characters coming alive with each sentence.  I love Amanda Dyke’s writing and her unique ability to pull readers into the novel with such ease.  I don’t think I have ever highlighted so many great quotes in one book! I cried in the first chapter (and several chapters thereafter!) as the characters became so authentic to me almost immediately.  I love their achingly realistic backgrounds, their human-like flaws, and their genuine growth in the story.  I also really enjoyed the creativity of the storyline and the way the plot flowed together and eventually connected several unique pieces.  There are so many layers in the novel and I was easily lost in the tale late into the night as I unpacked its storyline.  The spiritual themes and truths are deep and applicable. I loved this book so much and it will definitely be in one of my top reads this year!  I highly recommend this novel and cannot wait to see what this author pens next!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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