On October 23rd, The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth hit shelves and I am so excited for you to all read it! If you have heard absolutely nothing about this lovely book, I am going to be sharing my non-spoiler thoughts on this book and hopefully, by the end, you will want to pick it up!
The Light Between Worlds is a YA Narnia story following three siblings who during the bombing of London in 1940, somehow end up in a magical kingdom called the Woodlands. This is a place of nature and beauty, but the Woodlands is facing a battle of their own. The siblings vow to help them as much as they can in this war, but in return, they ask to be sent home afterwards as if no time has passed.
Six years later, it is time for them to finally go home and now they are faced with a brand new battle of their very own. Trying to adjust to life away from the Woodlands and back into reality. It is easier for the two oldest siblings, Jamie and Philippa, but Evelyn struggles with making this world home again. When Evelyn disappears one day, Philippa must return to England after studying in America to unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, and the struggles Evelyn faced while she was away.
This book is haunting and whimsical and is a book I fly through every time. I have read it twice now, and each time I lost track of time while reading it and found myself pages ahead of where I thought I was.
While this book has fantasy elements in it like the magic of the Woodlands, this book is less about the fantasy and more about finding yourself. Because of that, it is very character based. We follow the perspectives of Evelyn and Philippa, both who are strong women but also have their own demons and ghosts to face. We learn how they both cope with them, and those are two very different ways. I definitely saw a lot of myself in each of them, but they were also very different from me. I was always interested to see how they would react and interact with the challenges they faced.
I loved how cozy this book felt because of the atmosphere; 1940s-50s England, rainy, grey, cool, tea. It was the perfect book to snuggle up with on a rainy day with some hot tea and just fall into. This world does really take you by surprise with how vivid it is. I could see the trees of the forests and see the gardens outside the school Evelyn goes to. It all made for a great read!
Lately, mental illness has been something I’ve become more aware of and I noticed this book represented eating disorders and also depression. I won’t go into too much detail, but basically, these are ways the characters have turned to in order to let go of their pain. Nothing is graphic, but it is good to keep in mind when reading it in case you are easily triggered. On Laura E. Weymouth’s website, she goes into more detail about these triggers so make sure you check that out here.
Those are my non-spoiler thoughts on The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure to let me know if you decide to pick this book up and what your thoughts are on it! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked down below. Thanks 🙂
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