Title: A Dim Reflection
Author: Aleigha C Israel
Series: A Light for Christ Collection #2
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publishing Date: May 20, 2017
About the Book:
William Caverly can’t seem to understand the unsettling feeling that has been nagging him for far too long. Memories of a baby sister are forever haunting his waking hours, and as he sleeps at night, he is repeatedly awakened by nightmares, confusing ones that he’d rather forget. He had been told that his baby sister died. He had seen her little body laid to rest beside their mother. But that didn’t explain the dim remembrance that he had of an event that happened not too long after that. Charlotte Porter’s days are full and busy as she diligently teaches her young art students at her mother’s boarding school, and tries desperately to stay away from an annoying suitor. Painting has been her passion and dream ever since she could hold a brush, but lately she has begun to question her mission and calling in life. What is her real purpose? And why does she know so little about her father, who supposedly died before she was born? William thinks he’s discovered the hidden link that has kept him from his sister for over fifteen years. But then she’s kid-napped, leaving William no choice except to find her and get her back. Once and for all.
Although I can’t quite pin-point all the reasons, I enjoyed this book more than the first. I feel that the characters were given better depth, and the story flowed with a bit more realism. As with the first book in the series, there was plenty of scripture scattered throughout the story used to give strength and encourage the characters as they faced their giants.
I especially liked the “camaraderie” that existed between the characters in this story. Even though Anna and Charlotte’s siblings were significantly younger, they were still able to be of help to their sisters, and their presence wasn’t deemed as a hindrance. The characters who were fellow believers gave of themselves selflessly to help one other and bless the Lord with their actions. Despite the tough situations they faced, they kept their eyes focused on the Lord and sought His guidance for their steps.
This is not a series I recommend reading as a stand-alone. The events of the first book really add a depth and understanding to the characters that would be missed if not read first. I believe the backstory is crucial to the understanding and enjoyment of this sequel.
I am blessed to be a part of the launch team for the third and final book in the series A Marvelous Redeemer, which will be released in just a few short days on May 11, 2018. It’s my next read and I will have a review posted just in time for launch day so you’ll have to come back to check it out! 🙂
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in hopes of an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Age Appropriateness: As with the first book in this series, the characters face some danger in the books, but it is kept clean as far as the content goes. For this book specifically, with all of the support coming from the younger siblings, I think younger readers could enjoy this book as well. My recommendation is for ages 12 and up.