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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.

©2021 by Glendy Vanderah. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 09-04-2021

Intriguing story, but...

...I found the constant references to every character incessantly crying absolutely exhausting. Too much focus on the author’s “PC” checklist, which diminished the essence of the story.

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  • 03-04-2021

Life with hardships but not without hope

I really enjoyed this book. It covers every obstacle and tragedy from kidnapping, addiction, abandonment, divorce and more! The characters are flawed but endearing. Far fetched? Perhaps, but strength and perseverance prevail and everyone needs a refresher on hope to store away for life’s hardships.

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  • 17-04-2021

Enjoyable

This is a nice, enjoyable book. The descriptions of nature and places are really good. The plot takes you on an emotional roller coaster. The ending is a little rushed and gets wrapped up a little too neatly, but overall it was enjoyable to listen too.

I really thought this narrator for the audio book did a great job too. Each character had a distinct voice but it didn’t seem awkward when she changed voices.

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  • Erin M. Bleier
  • 05-04-2021

Wow - such beauty

Just like her first novel, I was sucked in by the gorgeous prose, flawed but redeemable characters and the epic journey of this family and all their drama.

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  • Bonita Kornegay
  • 05-04-2021

Loved!

It was well written. I love It because it was different from other books. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next.

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  • Drolma108
  • 05-04-2021

I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

What an amazing story. So many threads woven together flawlessly. Kudos to the author and reader.

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  • Sonya
  • 27-04-2021

Beautifully written and excellent narration.

Loved the complexities of relationships, the story going back and forth in time, and the strong, but believable female characters. Highly recommended it!

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  • 23-04-2021

exhilarating

Where the forest meets the stars was one of my favorite works for 2019, and The light Through the Leaves is every bit as good as her previous work. A heart warming story of lose, deception and an accident that changed several peoples lives. easily the best book I've read so far this year

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  • semifamousartist
  • 05-04-2021

More please!

Excellent and different! I am a voracious reader, so I am not easily impressed with a book. I loved both of Glendy’s books. I highly recommend them, and am excited to see what comes next!

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  • Larry
  • 02-05-2021

Loved this book

Y/A book I believe, but this ol guy really enjoyed it! FANTASTIC ending!!! Great LOVE story!

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  • 18-07-2021

Amongst the best books I have ever read

Such a cleverly written story. It has many layers to it which intertwine powerfully to capture loss, addiction, mental health, love, regret, and hope. It was different with a story that held my attention from the beginning and had twists and turns I was not expecting. A lovely ending too, providing the feel good factor. This is one I will be recommending to friends.

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  • C.j.l
  • 16-07-2021

Enthralling

An absolutely captivating story. Beautiful, tense, heartwarming. Read it, you won’t regret it. I won’t forget this book!

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  • Mainly Smiles
  • 22-06-2021

Simply Beautiful

I read & listened to Glendy Vanderah’s last book and I loved it so much I couldn’t wait for her next. I wasn’t disappointed! This book is beautiful. It’s hard to listen to in some places as my I was so anxious about what would happen next! I worked some of it out at times but wasn’t always right. It made me gasp laugh and cry. It’s a truly joyful book and I was sad for it to end. Some of it is a little too perfect but this is the kind of happilful book I needed right now. Roll on Glendy’s next book!

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  • Sonbeu
  • 03-06-2021

Uplifting, gripping story

A great read/listen - gripping yet uplifting and honest. Well crafted. Enjoyed it v much.

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  • sarah cartwright
  • 21-05-2021

Another great book by Glendy Vanderah

I loved 'where the forest meet the stars' and this didnt disapoint. Great characters and lovely naration. The only down side is the 'he said' ,'she said' which can get a bit repetative, hence the 4 stars!

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  • Flynn
  • 15-05-2021

Fantastic

By far the best book I've read/listened to!!!
If there are any more books as good as this one, I NEED to find them!

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  • Pauliina
  • 12-05-2021

Loved every second

Best book I ever read. So beautiful and it gripped my heart right away.

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  • ferguson
  • 09-05-2021

easy listening

glad i chose this book, nice easy well rounded storyline, would buy this author again

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  • C. J. Richardson
  • 21-04-2021

Wonderful

What an amazing story of loss, love and restoration. When Ellis left her baby in a car park in a moment of stress, her journey of pain began, and lasted longer than she could ever had dreamt.

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