Remembrance is a thoughtful debut novella by a very talented new author. With a quick, very descriptive pace, the story is of Wes' life throughout the...moreRemembrance is a thoughtful debut novella by a very talented new author. With a quick, very descriptive pace, the story is of Wes' life throughout the year following his memory loss and is filled with deep meaning and the true purpose of life; acknowledged and appreciated after nearly losing his life in a car accident.
A touching story for readers of young adult fiction. (less)
Reviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads.com (07/10)
Having previously read Roxane Tepfer Sanford’s first novel, “The Girl in the Lighthouse,” I have b...moreReviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads.com (07/10)
Having previously read Roxane Tepfer Sanford’s first novel, “The Girl in the Lighthouse,” I have been eagerly awaiting this follow-up work, “All That is Beautiful,” and I must say that it did not disappoint. Like the first novel, the style is very similar to that of one of my favorite authors V.C. Andrews, very fast-paced and filled with drama, drama, and more drama.
In this second installment, it is 1878, and Lillian has escaped the walls of Sutton Hall and has fallen into the arms of Richard Parker, a married illustrator. She wants to return to her lighthouse on Jasper Island, but is told that the law is looking for her and that she cannot leave. She drops into a world of drugs, deception, money, and betrayal which once again causes her life to fall to pieces. Will she ever get back to Jasper Island? Will she see her childhood friends Ayden and Heath again? Will she be able to escape the past or will it continue to haunt her?
I enjoyed “All That Is Beautiful” as much as the first book in the Arrington series. It was well-written and held my attention from start to finish. There are many, many plot twists and turns making it a very difficult book to put down as you always want to read a little bit further to see what is going to happen next. So many secrets are revealed that it is so easy to keep going and read the book in one sitting, which is exactly what I did! I love unpredictable books and there were tons of surprises in this one. I truly enjoy Sanford’s writing and can’t wait to read future books from this talented author. If you enjoy V.C. Andrews' books, Sanford’s style and thought process is very similar and I think that you will enjoy her work! (less)
"Surprisingly fast-paced and engrossing, The Girl In The Lighthouse is quite the engaging read. With a rich tapestry of...moreby, Tracy Moore Apex Reviews,
"Surprisingly fast-paced and engrossing, The Girl In The Lighthouse is quite the engaging read. With a rich tapestry of characters, author Roxane Sanford paints a vivid picture of a life filled with unexpected twists and turns, the unpredictability of which is sure to hold the interest of any reader. Furthermore, her central storyline is taut and compelling, and her ability to keep the reader guessing at the real truth until the very end is quite masterful.
A highly rewarding, entertaining literary treat, The Girl In The Lighthouse is recommended reading for lovers of imaginative, well-crafted stories with the superb balance of action and character development. Be on the lookout for more from this promising new storytelling talent." www.apexreviews.net
"The Girl in the Lighthouse by Roxane Tepfer Sanford seems at first glance to be a nice well-told story about a girl growing up on an island in the North East just after the Civil War. Sanford captures the period well as she introduces young Lillian Arrington. Lillian’s idyllic world is shattered with the death of her strange but beautiful mother and her life becomes unbearable at her Grandmother’s crumbling plantation mansion. Shadows of V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic hang over The Girl in the Lighthouse but Sanford adds a surprising twist that keeps the reader guessing about Lillian’s mysterious and horrifying family secret until the very end." Melanie Tighe, owner of Dog-Eared Pages Used Books (less)