- Page Count: 256
- Release Date: October 18, 2016
- My Rating: 4 stars
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and I’m basically Buddy the elf with my enthusiasm level, so this story was everything I love!
Basic plot: Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, so she goes with her parents to California to sell their trees every holiday season. She misses a month of school and lives in a camper on their tree lot where a bunch of high school boys work. Her parents are talking about maybe not coming back to California next year, but then Sierra meets Caleb and everything gets complicated. An incident from Caleb’s past (which is very YA and not quite the dark/enormous thing the book description seemed like) is haunting him and Sierra has to come to terms with that as she falls in love with him.
This book was a very quick read and almost seemed like a short story at times. It also totally felt like some YA Hallmark story (which is definitely a fun thing). Plus there were Christmas trees, hot chocolate, peppermint mochas, ugly sweaters, Santa, presents, reindeer cookies, and every wonderful holiday element I wanted to see!
The plot never got particularly dramatic or exciting — it was mostly a light, fluffy holiday read. I actually wish it could have been at least 100 pages longer to get more into the characters and their relationship! I liked both main characters and just wanted to see more of the story overall. But even though they did fall in love pretty quickly, it wasn’t instalove. So we’re good.
Caleb buys Christmas trees with his tip money from working at a diner so he can deliver them to people who can’t afford them:
And it was nice to see that Sierra had good friends in both California & Oregon and the two places weren’t pitted against each other. They were just two different parts of her life and both were equally good. One of the coolest parts of the story was seeing the details of how a large-scale Christmas tree farm operates… like with the helicopter and everything. It was just a neat insight into a totally different life.
This was pretty much a typical holiday story with a few obstacles the characters need to overcome so they can have holiday cheer and love YAY. Now I’m totally in the Christmas spirit but have to chill and get back to Halloween mode…
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!
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