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Other reviewers will tell you this book's story. My focus is on the author -- I wish she could write almost as fast as I can read! When I am reading Grace Greene's books, the rest of the world ceases to exist for me. I AM the character and living her life. I was nervously on the edge of my seat through this book and was relieved to reach the resolution ... and yet I was willing for this book to go on much longer, and wish I could live near the lead character and run into her now and then as a friend or even an acquaintance. I have been an avid reader for 55 of my 60 years, and am easily annoyed by books that waste my time with poor grammar or a lack of talent. Never, never so with Grace Greene. Thank you for a day well spent! (and for NOT writing adult situations or nasty language!)
Grace Greene is one of my favorite authors and this story just became my favorite of all she wrote. Jaynie's childhood wasn't perfect. She was raised by a single mother with quite a temperament and was protected by her older brother whenever possible. Her elderly neighbor Ruth was her true and only friend and also a mentor and they shared a wonderful time until Ruth was suddenly gone. Jaynie could hardly wait for her life to change and thought it can be done only by leaving everything behind and starting fresh somewhere else. That worked until it didn't but she was strong enough to walk away from it... Who knew it was "truly as easy as returning home" to find healing and that chasing happiness is not always the same as finding it.
Grace Greene never fails to create heartwarming characters who leap off the page and instantly feel like neighbors and family. Jaynie, a young girl struggling to grow up despite her mother’s mental abuse, befriends her neighbor, the very colorful Ruth Berry. From Ruth she learns life-isms that she won’t truly understand until years later when she finally reaches what she thinks is her life’s goal; to leave home and never return. But, life will come full-circle for Jaynie and while her reluctant return home makes her feel like a failure, she will learn the meaning of Ruth’s most important lesson - never lose yourself.
For an uplifting read, you can’t go wrong with a story by Grace Greene. In A LIGHT LAST SEEN, you’ll instantly relate to Jaynie Highsmith, her struggles, and her ability to rise above her life’s difficulties. A heartwarming, highly recommended book.
I loved this book and read it in one day. I’ve enjoyed her other Cub Creek books and wish she would write more in that area. They way she describes things make me feel as though I was there. I would definitely recommend this book.
This book is about Jayne looking for happiness. A wise neighbor, Roth, helps her on this journey. Jayne searches for forgiveness and reconciliation with her younger self. She finds joy and then happiness.