The Light Through the Leaves
Momma Leighellen's Book Review + Giveaway

The Light Through the leaves is the sophomore release from the author of Where The Forest Meets the Stars.  Perfect for lovers of nature and powerful family dramas! This is a heartbreaking yet hope filled nail biter of a story with rich characters and detailed writing that makes the setting and scenes come alive. This book is simply beautiful.  Thank you to @amazonpublishing @lakeunionauthors @glendyvanderah @tlcbooktours for this book to read, review, and share! 

This is a dual narrative story, alternating between the viewpoints of Ellis, a woman coming to grips with the crippling loss of a child; and Raven, a young girl raised deep in the woods of Washington and hidden from culture and society.  

The novel starts off with a gut wrenching tragedy that is every mother’s nightmare. After learning of a horrible betrayal, Ellis makes a decision that changes her entire world.  She then spirals into drugs and alcohol, choosing to leave behind all that brings her joy.  Meanwhile, a young girl named Raven is growing up secluded and self reliant.  Isolated from most people, she yearns for more. 

Eventually these two worlds collide as the plot builds from one shocking revelation to another. While this book deals with heavy topics like mental health and child loss, it focusses more on the strength of the human spirit and the power of healing.  Through stunning descriptions, the author does an incredible job of making nature come alive and become part of the narrative. The Light Through the Leaves is a beautiful story about the power of nature to heal, the intricacy of mother-daughter relationships, friendship, and found family. I absolutely loved this book! Pick up a copy on April 1st!

CW: infidelity, child abandonment, kidnapping, drugs, alcoholism, mental illness, trauma, cultish behaviors, teen pregnancy, despair

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Go on a powerful journey of forgiveness and healing with The Light Through the Leaves, a transcendent novel of love, loss, and self-discovery by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars.

One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest.

In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended—for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. A breaking point in an already fractured marriage, Viola’s abduction causes Ellis to disappear as well—into grief, guilt, and addiction. Convinced she can only do more harm to her family, Ellis leaves her husband and young sons, burying her desperate ache for her children deeper with every step into the mountain wildernesses she treks alone.

In a remote area of Washington, a young girl named Raven keeps secrets inside, too. She must never speak to outsiders about how her mother makes miracles spring from the earth, or about her father, whose mysterious presence sometimes frightens her. Raven spends her days learning how to use her rare gifts—and more important, how to hide them. With each lesson comes a warning of what dangers lie in the world beyond her isolated haven. Despite her mother’s cautions, Raven finds herself longing for something more.

As Ellis and Raven each confront their powerful longings, their journeys will converge in unexpected and hopeful ways, pulled together by the forces of nature, love, and family.


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