As the Light Fades by Catherine West
The right cover art can lure me to read a book. That's what happened with As the Light Fades. The tranquility of the sand and surf caught my eye. The story ended up being a touching romance.
Liz Carlisle is back in Nantucket after suffering tremendous abuse at the hands of her boyfriend. The lawyer isn't sure what she wants to do next. Her family's beachfront estate is under renovations, so she needs to find a job and a place to live while she starts the next chapter of her life.
While she's out walking the family dogs, she sees an erratic driver take out a neighbor's fence, prized rose garden, and tree. The rebellious teen girl that gets out of the vehicle raises Liz's anger. Little does she know that that girl will end up changing her life.
Matthew Stone is dealing as best he can with his niece. She's miserable on Nantucket and money's tight. When Liz calls him about a carriage house he has for rent, he thinks he may finally have some help with both money and his niece. He'll lower his rent in exchange for Liz being there to help his niece while he works nights.
The last thing Liz wants is to deal with an impossible teen, but she needs to be able to afford rent, and Matt's offer fits the bill. The more she spends with the girl, the more she realizes that they both have secrets that bond them.
I was unaware that this book is a sequel of sorts. I never would have known that. As the Light Fades doesn't require you to have read the prior novel The Things We Knew. I don't feel that I missed anything.
Aspects of As the Light Fades broke my heart. It was a little too real. Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. Liz's father's chapters are told very well. He sounded very much like my mom at times. Going home but not knowing where home is, struggling to find the right words, and not remembering his children all sounded like things I've heard my mom repeat.
I loved the interactions between Liz, Matt, and his niece. They were touching. Sometimes they felt a little rushed, but they were cautious with each other and that had a realism given what each had been through.