Today I am reviewing How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim.
Here is a brief synopsis:
“Compellingly woven by Jolina Petersheim’s capable pen, How the Light Gets In follows a trail of grief toward healing, leading to an impossible choice–what is best when every path will hurt someone?” –Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.
When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.
How the Light Gets In is nothing like I expected it to be!
When Ruth’s husband is killed in a bombing overseas, Ruth and her daughters return to her husband’s community to help her mother-in-law bury her husband and son. I’m sure by now you’ve realized that this is modern retelling of The Book of Ruth.
I wasn’t prepared for the twists and turns… and after finishing the book, I put it down for awhile, then picked it back up again. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy to multi-task while reading a new novel. I just plain missed a few things. When I went back over several sections of it, it was much clearer, and I was glad I gave it a second chance. I found myself enjoying the last part of the book so much more this time.
If you’ve read anything by Jolina Petersheim, I encourage you to read this. It’s not light. It’s not easy. But it’s worth every moment you spend with it.
Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt