Title: Fragments of Light
Author: Michele Phoenix
Release Date: July 14th, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
An impossible decision in the chaos of D-Day. Ripples that cascade seventy-five years into the present. And two lives transformed by the tenuous resolve to reach out of the darkness toward fragments of light.
Cancer stole everything from Ceelie—her peace of mind, her self-image, perhaps even her twenty-three-year marriage to her college sweetheart, Nate. Without the support of Darlene, her quirky elderly friend, she may not have been able to endure so much loss.
So when Darlene’s prognosis turns dire, Ceelie can’t refuse her seemingly impossible request—to find a WWII paratrooper named Cal, the father who disappeared when Darlene was an infant, leaving a lifetime of desolation in his wake.
The search that begins in the farmlands of Missouri eventually leads Ceelie to a small town in Normandy, where she uncovers the harrowing tale of the hero who dropped off-target into occupied France.
Alternating between Cal’s D-Day rescue by two young French sisters and Ceelie’s present-day journey through trial and heartbreak, Fragments of Light poses a timeless question: When life becomes unbearable, will you press toward the light or let the darkness win?
Fragments of Light is a poignant historical fiction that intertwines stories from the past and present so well. Michele Phoenix sure knows how to tug at your heartstrings and capture your attention from the start. This book touches on emotional subjects like dealing with cancer, divorce, and loss.
When we meet Ceelie, she is going through the process of getting treatments for cancer. Her husband of twenty-three years isn’t handling the entire situation that well so Ceelie’s elderly friend Darlene is the best. Darlene is there when Ceelie needs a shoulder to cry on, needs to feel uplifted, and holds it all together. As the story goes on, Darlene is very ill and wants Ceelie’s help with finding her father who was a WWII paratrooper.
This book made me feel so many emotions. I was so thankful that Ceelie and Darlene had each other. Their friendship is special and one of a kind. To know that they would do anything for each other brought a smile to my face.
I thought the author did a good job of going back and forth from the past and present stories. It kept me interested and intrigued.
I give Fragments in Light 4 stars. This is a historical fiction that is written beautifully in different time periods. I thought Ceelie and Darlene’s friendship shined throughout the book. So many amazing moments in the book and I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction with heart!
Connect with Michele
Michele Phoenix’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, July 14th: @read.write.coffee
Monday, July 20th: @shobizreads
Friday, July 24th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, July 27th: Helen’s Book Blog
Monday, August 3rd: @booksandbackroads
Wednesday, August 5th: Girl Who Reads
Monday, August 17th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Wednesday, August 19th: @nurse_bookie
Saturday, August 22nd: @booktimistic
Monday, August 24th: Books & Bindings