Book Reviews

Book Review: Hold the Light by April McGowen

171To an artist, the light is everything. So what is Amber supposed to do when facing blindness?
Amber spent her life adapting—first to being abandoned by her birth mother as a toddler, and then to the death of her adoptive father in her teen years. Now she’s moved past all that, loving life as an independent woman: she has a job as an art instructor and the perfect apartment.
But when a routine eye appointment reveals she’s losing her sight, life comes to a halt. Pressures come at her from all sides. Her mother, her boss, her boyfriend and her closest friend, Shannon, all have ideas about what’s best for her.
Even after her blindness counselor, Ethan, befriends her and opens her eyes to new opportunities and the possibility of a deeper relationship, one haunting question remains: How could the God she loved all her life turn everything upside down—again?

What I loved: Hold the Light was beautiful! Memorable! I can’t say enough good things about this one. While I did feel like there were areas where the secondary characters or Amber’s reaction came across as a tad shallow, there was so much more working for this novel.
My favorite aspect of the novel was McGowan’s ability to show real hardships and real emotions. She had crafted a story that tugged on my heart without making me feel broken inside. She also excelled at bringing the reader to face a new reality, something very few, if any, of her readers would face in their lifetime. But I walked away enlightened and I know you will too. Hold the Light is more than a story of hard reality, it’s a story of real hope and the peace that comes from knowing The Light of the World.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Hold the Light 4.5 stars and highly recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Fiction or fiction containing characters with a disability.

~I received a copy from WhiteFire. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Hold the Light by April McGowen”

    1. Please do!! It’s great! And, you’re right, it IS unusual and that makes it all the better. You don’t find many books focusing on disability, especially in the early stages of it. It’s a true gem.


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