This book is available TODAY – 16th July 2019!
I recently read Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker. It’s an interesting and unusual novel about a man coming to terms with his family, his past, and himself. It has drama, suspense, faith, and so much more! I rated it 4/5 stars on all the review sites, but since this is my blog and I can do as I please, I’m giving it a 4.7/5 stars here. (It was very nearly a 5 star book for me, but other sites don’t allow partial stars…)
For the sake of this blog, I nicked a book blurb. (Wot!? I’m super knackered tonight!):
“When Cohen Marah steps over his father’s body in the basement embalming room of the family’s funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory. As the last one to see his father, Cohen is the primary suspect. “
For all my other posted reviews, no nicking involved…:
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher and this is my honest review:
When I began reading this book, I was drawn into the idea of the character, his predicament, and how he would handle it. At first, I struggled with the pace of the story. It wasn’t slow, but I wanted it to unfold faster, match the chaotic pace of my life at the time of reading, and give me more answers – NOW! Yet, before I knew it, the methodical and rhythmic marching ever forward (even in his reflections into the past) had unfolded far more than I realised. I grew to appreciate the pace; I settled into it, and truly enjoyed the journey.
I love the author’s use of imagery. His language isn’t flowery, but it definitely has a poetic edge. There’s a realness to the characters’ relationships showing the harshness, love, misunderstandings, and even grace that so often happen in real life.
Cohen Marah’s story will be one I return to for a reread down the road.
So, do yourself a favour and get a copy. (Preferably from your favourite bookseller, Support your locals and indies! – just not A_azon, okay? Or at least not from them today! We can honour the strike for another few hours! Besides, B&N has the same paperback price as they do!)
US: among MANY, MANY other sellers, here’s a link if you’d like to buy it from Barnes and Noble: Light From Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker
UK: I’m sure you can also buy it from tonnes of places on this side of the pond, but Eden Books having free UK shipping caught my eye: Light From Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker
By the way, I get no kickbacks or credits of any kind from these links. I’m affiliated with no one, just making it easier for some of you to access the book! Now go and read!