Hooked, that is the first thing that comes to mind after reading The Light of the World by Ellen Simpson. I was hooked right from the beginning. Sleep be damned, this book had me reading well into the night. The Light of the World is full of imagination, wonderment, history and love. I literally could not put it down.
Eva Kessler is such an interesting main character. She is cautious, thoughtful, reverent and kind. Eva has not had an easy life, unfortunately she is one of the many that battles with depression. I think because of her personal struggles she sees the world from a different perspective. The way Eva sees people is so very thoughtful and it is really quite captivating.
The book begins as Eva has just lost her grandmother, the one person she felt completely comfortable around. Her grandmother was someone who understood that at times life seems bleak for reasons beyond our control. The grandmother, Mary Kessler, could relate to the sadness that often engulfs Eva. The elderly woman lived a very long life, but was filled with a sorrow and at times bitterness. Why her grandmother felt this way, has always been a mystery to Eva. Did Mary Kessler suffer from depression as Eva does, or had something happened to her early in life that broke her spirit?
While cleaning out her grandmother’s apartment, Eva stumbles upon her grandmother’s journals from 1925. These diaries are preserved in such away Eva knows immediately that these were important to her grandmother. Upon reading of Mary’s early life, Eva has a gut feeling that these journals will give her the knowledge of why her grandmother was often sad and melancholy. Eva reaches out to a local bookstore owner and this is where the story really takes off.
This book is enchanting in the way that the writer, Ellen Simpson brings us a main character that is so different and yet so very charming. Eva is not perfect, none of the characters are. Simpson expertly arcs the stories of the past with the present. Mary and Eva’s lives are both equally important. Never does the story bog down and make you wish she would just get on with it. No, each piece of the puzzle is important, as well as interesting to the story as a whole. This book is a journey, one with romance, history, fantasy and friendship. This book with will hook you right from the beginning.
5 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
by Ellen Simpson