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A Lily in the Light

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 ratings  ·  117 reviews

A harrowing debut novel of a tragic disappearance and one sister’s journey through the trauma that has shaped her life.

For eleven-year-old Esme, ballet is everything—until her four-year-old sister, Lily, vanishes without a trace and nothing is certain anymore. People Esme has known her whole life suddenly become suspects, each new one hitting closer to home than the last

Kindle Edition, First edition, 274 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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  • A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields
    A Lily in the Light
    Release date: Apr 01, 2019
    A harrowing debut novel of a tragic disappearance and one sister’s journey through the trauma that has shaped her life.

    For eleven-year-old Esme, balle

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    The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Friends--isn't that amazing?
    Recommended to The Just-About-Cocky Ms M by: Amazon First Reads
    Bear with me a moment, folks. When I looked over this month’s First Reads, I didn’t see much of interest. At all. I almost decided to read something else on my towering TBR pile instead, but then, I spotted this book in the category “Book Club Fiction.” What is that, exactly? A book replete with all sorts of sentimental and sugary pablum, family and romantic relationships hitting érocks the size of pebbles, eventual maturity with an obligatory dollop of forgiveness, and a neatly tied-up happily- ...more
    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    1.5 STARS

    Eleven-year-old aspiring ballerina Esme’s life changes the day her little sister Lily disappears. Eight years later, older sister Madeline calls Esme in Paris with startling news.

    Either I have terrible luck choosing Amazon Prime Read First Books, or those books aren’t very good. I enjoy books about child abductions and stories about ballerinas, so I was excited to start reading A LILY IN THE LIGHT. Kristin Fields came up with a great premise, but the execution lacked both tension and em
    Barbara Davis
    Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “What happens when a four-year-old vanishes without a trace, when a family is unshaped and long held dreams begin to unspool—when you don’t even know what to hope for anymore? These are the questions Kristin Fields deftly explores in her beautifully written debut, A Lily in the Light. Honest, heartfelt, and at times wrenching, Fields’ novel exposes every heartache and raw nerve of her compellingly flawed characters, touching on the many ways we punish ourselves and those we love when life leaves ...more
    Deb Poole
    I'm obsessed with books with a ballet backdrop. So when I saw this for free on Kindle first reads, I was very excited to read it.

    Interesting story; the youngest child of a NYC family disappears, leaving them all somewhat adrift. The book concentrates on one character, middle child Esme, who is an aspiring ballerina, age 11.
    The story is mainly about how the disappearance of Lily, their 4 year old sister/daughter, affects their family in various debilitating ways.

    The book started off well, but
    Lynda Kelly
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    My Kindle First choice for's the only choice this particular month for me whereas sometimes I could pick 2 or 3......and then I opt for the one with most pages as a rule. However, none really jumped out at me this time, even this one, but this is the closest to my type of story. It's very well written but probably a little too flowery and deep for my liking. I almost gave up around a quarter of the way in but was pleased I persevered as it got better as it went along. Passages like " ...more
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    My First Reads choice for March, an easy choice- the synopsis spoke of an interesting, emotional story about a missing four year old and the destruction of a family. The first half of the book is told from the point of view of Lily's eleven year old sister- an aspiring ballet dancer.

    Esme, eight years later is in Paris, when Madeline calls her with news of a girl found locked in a basement. I won't put any spoilers in my review, you need to read it yourself. But the continuing havoc on Esme a
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Really good story with very relatable characters. Didn't want to stop reading
    Linda Zagon
    Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "A Lily in the Light" by Kristin Fields, Lake Union Publishing, April 1, 2019

    Kristin Fields, Author of "A Lily in the Light" writes an intense, intriguing, suspenseful family drama.  The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense. This is also a coming of age novel. The timeline for this story starts in Queens, New York, in 1997, and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her charact
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I chose this book as my March Kindle First Reads book and it did not disappoint. I initially chose it because it sounded like a good mystery but I was pretty surprised by how it was more about what happens in the wake of a horrific family event and the grief that follows the characters around, years afterwards. It was very moving to read about the day to day struggles that the characters had as a result of this incident and I truly cannot imagine going through that myself. The way that Kristin w ...more
    Melissa Loucks
    Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was my Amazon First read for March and I absolutely loved it. I was not sure about it when I read the description because I am more into crime novels. This is a really cute book and I highly enjoyed it. It is a story of a missing little girl and how her sister uses dance to over come her grief.
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Will Please Readers

    I think this book will please readers who are drawn to it. It has all of the elements of a good story. For me, I can’t put my finger on it, but it was missing that something that would make it a special standout novel. Maybe it was too sweet and tied up so nicely and that took away some of its authenticity? I’m not sure. It was a good book, certainly. I just wanted more once I’d finished.
    Christine Lowe
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A Limit on the Light

    This story allowed me into a world of what is and what could be. The writing evoked feelings of loss and wonder that the author could capture so much of what the dance world is like from the inside. The characters are lovingly crafted into complete people with feelings that are universal. A great debut for a talented young writer
    Rebecca Lloyd
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was an enjoyable read. It kept me going as the desire to know what happened intensified as well as wondering if Esme would make it.
    Jeanne Fleck
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was amazing. I thought the writing was beautiful and exceptionally done. The trauma at the beginning of the story wove itself into the fabric of so many lives and emerged into a feeling of hope, also for so many. Aside from the obvious theme of trauma it enlightened the reader as to the world of ballet and the sacrifices of the dancers. This was a wonderful read.
    Rochelle Weinstein
    A Lily in the Light captures family in the throes of chaos. A journey through guilt and suffering, the world of ballet, culminating in the miracles achieved through both. Fields is an emerging literary talent and her debut, deftly written, uncovers the heart of family and forgiveness.
    deborah thompson
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it

    Didn't like it, it was to slow. Dragged on on on on on so sad then happy took forever no
    Therese Walsh
    Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: women-s-fiction
    A Lily in the Light is a tender, heart-wrenching novel that considers the long-ranging effects of shattering loss upon a young dancer and her family. A haunting and beautifully rendered tale of survival and the careful tending to a wild and desperately needed hope. Highly recommended.
    Elena Hartwell
    Review forthcoming on the New York Journal of Books.
    Carla Suto
    Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A LILY IN THE LIGHT is the debut novel by Kristin Fields. It is a heart-wrenching and emotion-packed story of family, loss, helplessness and hope. Set mostly in New York City, it is told from the point of view of Esme, whose four-year-old sister, Lily vanishes without a trace from their family home when Esme is just eleven-years-old. The story alternates between past and eight years later as Esme reflects on how her life and the lives of everyone in her family were impacted by their devastating ...more
    Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A Lily in the Light was my Kindle First book for March 2019...

    A Lily in the Light is one of the better books I've read through the Kindle First program, although it did take me several tries to get started on it due to somewhat of a slow, ballet-filled start. While this book also contains some mystery-like elements, it is essentially a coming-of-age story about a girl whose entire life/existence was shaped by the tragic disappearance of her little sister. I thought it was well-written and engagi
    Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I tore apart this book with such ferocious thirst, one of those stories that you start and it's never easy to let go without finishing it right then and there.

    Esme's four-year-old sister Lily disappears into the night before dinner like any other, and never came back. Suddenly Esme's life was of hopelessness, suspect leads, flyers, uncertainty, and policemen. The loss of her sister was akin to her losing the rest of her family, where everyone suffered alone. The only thing left for Esme was ball
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    For thrills, suspense or mystery, look elsewhere

    This Amazon First Read is unlike most books on Goodreads’ Domestic Thriller Shelf. “A Lily In the Light” has a few thrills, but is loaded with feels—as in bucketfuls of personal/family drama, angst, and guilt. It has a romance of sorts, plus a hint of paranormal. This is women’s fiction chronicling the emotional journey taken by eleven yr old Esme—plus that of her siblings and parents—after her 4 yr old sister vanishes and cannot be found.

    The aut
    Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book was fantastic!!! I was captured by Esme's story and the pain that she and her family were going through when Lily disappeared. I felt myself feeling sorry for the life that Esme was going through after losing Lily and that her parents ceased from really caring about her and the rest of the family, especially her mom, and were more focused on the loss of Lily. I have no idea what someone in this situation goes through, but Kristin Fields' writing made me really think that I was in the f ...more
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was a total page-turner on so many levels. First, there is the primary mystery: what happened to the family's youngest sister, and will they find her? Then, there are the deeper questions about the family: will they ever be able to heal? Will they find their ways back to each other? I loved the characters so much; not just the main character, but all the other people we see through her eyes, who are wonderful, despite their flaws. Or perhaps because of their flaws. Also, I've read other nov ...more
    Pamela Scott
    Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    I really loved this book. It’s very different than the usual missing child books that get churned out on a regular basis. This is a plot it can be hard to do something original with. I really felt for the characters. The book is from Esme’s point of view. I completely sympathised with her need to flee from her broken family. It would be hard to see so much pain all the time and feel helpless, unable to help. A lot of time is spent with Esme building a new
    Nancy S
    Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a fantastic story. I'd love to know if this author actually experienced this tragedy , because the way she expressed everyone's thoughts and feelings, she had to have been there. This was a fantastic read from beginning to end, especially if you appreciate ballet.
    Donna Stewart
    Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Worth Reading

    A Lily in the light is a very good read. It tells of the trauma,guilt, doubts, terror in the lives of a missing child. Not knowing if they would ever see their sister again. I recommend this book!!
    Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent read. Couldn't put it down.

    This is a book that, unfortunately, will speak to many who have suffered the loss of a child or family member in any way. Honest depiction of the emotional turmoil and often misplaced guilt caused by such a loss.
    Sharon P Morrison
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Surprising, heartbreaking and difficult!

    Families are wonderful, confusing, hateful and painful. As children we feel such bursts of anger, hate and jealously; and regret them just as quickly. A Lily in the Light takes us through all those emotions from childhood through adulthood with all the consequences and pain they bring, as well as the growth and changes through which we struggle.
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    Kristin Fields grew up in Queens, which she likes to think of as a small town next to a big city. Kristin studied writing at Hofstra University, where she was awarded the Eugene Schneider Award for Short Fiction. After college, Kristin found herself working on a historic farm, as a high school English teacher, designing museum education programs, and is currently leading an initiative to bring gar ...more
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