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One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest.

In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended—for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. A breaking point in an already fractured marriage, Viola’s abduction causes Ellis to disappear as well—into grief, guilt, and addiction. Convinced she can only do more harm to her family, Ell
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Kindle Edition, 455 pages
Published April 1st 2021
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Crystal Aliases It’s more spiritual than anything overtly supernatural or magical in the sense of witches/wizards. Great read.

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Susan's Reviews
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Picture this: Scene 1: Ellis watches distractedly as her twin sons are catching tadpoles from the river that runs through Wild Wood - a forested area close to the trailer park she had grown up in. Her newborn daughter, Viola, lies tranquilly in her child carrier. This forest had always soothed Ellis's aching spirit and had been her only refuge during her often brutal childhood.

But for once, her idyllic surroundings could do nothing to assuage Ellis's roiling thoughts and anguished feelings of be
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
The “Light Through The Leaves” is a story of terrible loss, grief, friendship, love, the power of the human spirit to continue on and the healing powers of nature.

Ellis was struggling with lots issues and her mind was unsettled the day she took the children to the woods for a hike. Her twin boys River and Jasper aged 4 were arguing and distracting as Ellis got them into the car to head home. Her infant daughter Viola was in her car seat. The inconceivable happens and she drives away without the
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Stephanie
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Don't mind me, quietly weeping as I finish the last paragraph and read the words aloud...because they are too beautiful to exist only on paper.

My heart. Oh, my heart...this novel is so very special.

Glendy pours her heart out on to the pages of her books and the end result is...magic. Her books have this steady and comforting beauty to them. She marries the magical/supernatural and the everyday so very effortlessly.

Her words are soaked in magic and purity and a tender respect for nature . And l
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Simona
Aug 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Finally a new book from Glendy Vanderah. I loved Where the Forest Meets the Stars, it's one of my favourite books, and this one sound just as interesting! Can't wait for 2021! ...more
The Poison Pen Reader
After reading “Where The Forest Meets the Stars” earlier this year I was determined to obtain an ARC of Glendy Vanderahs upcoming release “The Light Through the Leaves”

What I didn’t expect was how much this book would resonate with me.
I took a very hard loss in 2017, my dad. Two days later, without warning, I was watching my daughter fight for her life on a Ventilator. After a long struggle I began to surround myself with life. Nature, is where I began to heal.

The universe and all of the heal
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Suzanne Redfearn
Glendy Vanderah’s love for nature shines through in this captivating story about love and loss and carrying on in the face of tragedy. Bursting with extraordinary moments of magic and beauty, it is an enchanting story that tugged at my heartstrings from the very first page and did not let go.
Nursebookie
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
🍃🍃 B O O K R E V I E W 🍃🍃

TITLE: The Light Through The Leaves
AUTHOR: Glendy Vanderah
PUB DATE: April 01, 2021

My first book by Glendy Venderah is as shocking as it is beautifully told, a story about an unthinkable mistake, and the journey through forgiveness. Weaved within this tragedy are moments of magic as nature and extraordinary moments collide.

Ellis Abbey is completely distraught as she witnesses her husband with another woman. In this state of mind and while also managing her twin boys, sh
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Mandy Oliver
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading “Where The Forest Meets the Stars” earlier this year I was determined to obtain an ARC of Glendy Vanderahs upcoming release “The Light Through the Leaves”

What I didn’t expect was how much this book would resonate with me.
I took a very hard loss in 2017, my dad. Two days later, without warning, I was watching my daughter fight for her life on a Ventilator. After a long struggle I began to surround myself with life. Nature, is where I began to heal.

The universe and all of the heal
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Holly
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
OK, another spaghetti against the wall novel. Those who are afraid of what they perceive to be dangerous and all too realistic adult content, please do not ask if your teenager should read this book. The answer is a resounding NO. I enjoyed it, but it contained just a little bit of practically everything from infidelity to right wing radical intolerance, guilt to unabashed straight, gay, and underage sex to violence and just convoluted weird folks who used modern day tech to protect their offspr ...more
Mary Rook
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this novel, having already been a fan of Glendy Vanderah’s work. It holds some of the same elements that I loved from Where the Forest Meets the Stars like healing in nature and strong characters I cared about, but the emotional journey I went through reading this was much deeper. I devoured every page not to get to the end and find out what happens, but because the richness of writing and story. Glendy has done it again.
Stacy40pages
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Light Through the Leaves by Glendy Vanderah. Thanks to @tlctours and @lakeunionauthors @amazonpublishing for the gifted copy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

After catching her husband cheating, Ellis takes her twin boys and infant daughter to the forest for a hike. Distracted, she leaves her daughter in the car seat outside the car. When she comes back.. she’s gone. She takes her pain into the wilderness, leaving her family. Meanwhile, a girl named Raven is raised in isolation with a mother teaching her the ways
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Rebekah
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, yet a wonderful story of healing

The first 50 pages were tough. I just couldn't stop myself from weeping. This entire book just had a lot of heartbreaking moments. Ellis is so relatable with her many challenges and I loved her connection to nature that is a continuous theme throughout the book. I kept wanting to scream at Ellis and some of the decisions she made, and yet in an odd way I could relate to some of her feelings of being trapped. Raven was a grand character. I love how
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Jamie Jack
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, women-s-fiction
Masterfully Written Story

I had not read the author's previous book, so her masterful writing style pleasantly surprised me. She does not write about easy subjects in this book: kidnapping, divorce, loss, grief... and that's just scratching the surface. The author has created three-dimensional characters who are believable even if they don't feel wholly relatable. Even if we suffered a similar tragic loss as Ellis did, few of us would quit our lives (thank goodness!). Yet the author manages to ma
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Scott K
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving and engrossing story about how people recover and heal after tragedy. Vanderah writes stories with intriguing layers and vivid characters. I cared deeply about Ellis and Raven, and the many people who supported them throughout their journeys of recovery. Vanderah’s protagonists are imperfect but brave in the face of adversity. As in her debut novel, the power of nature helps heal, leading to a finale of enormous emotional power.
Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
Ellis is ruined when she leaves her sweet baby unattended for just a few minutes, only to come back to her gone. The guilt of what she has done sends her into an addictive spiral and her only option to to disappear and let her ex husband and twin boys move on without her. Meanwhile Raven is living with her mother on a remote property. There is danger out and there and Raven must never fall into the traps of the outside world.

Am I sitting here in tears after finishing this book? Yes, yes I am. As
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Nikol
Nov 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Once this book is out i need to read, i loved Where The Forest Meets The Star
Chris
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you were in an unhappy marriage, overwhelmed and then on an outing with your children, drove off, leaving your daughter, Viola, behind in her car seat in the forest? Only to go back and she is nowhere to be found?

That in and of itself is enough fodder for a story. That in and of itself is excruciatingly painful for Ellis, the mother, to live with. Oh the dangerous things that happen to her as she leaves behind the rest of her family to find herself and amend for her sins. I
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Susan Ballard
Ellis was distracted, heartbroken when she drove off forgetting her infant daughter, Viola, in the woods. By the time she turned the van around, Viola was gone - taken.

With cracks already in her marriage, Ellis can’t handle the blame, the grief, the condemnation. As her past haunts her and her present crushes in on her, Ellis feels she must leave her twin sons to avoid damaging their futures. She takes to the mountains but spirals into the darkness of addiction as she tries to leave that life b
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Emily Carter
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Glendy Vanderah writes about nature like no other. Her knowledge in the area is apparent, and never verges on boring, or too in depth. This was a beautiful story of loss and carrying on in the face of tragedy as we follow the lives of Ellis and Raven.

Ellis accidentally left her baby unattended for a few moments while distracted with her twin boys, to come back and find her gone. Ellis' life becomes unbearable, amd she makes the choice to leave her family behind to be in the wilderness. She battl
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Jocelyn
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Glendy Vanderah is definitely an auto-buy author for me now. Thanks again to @amazonpublishing for sending me a copy of this!

The Light Through the Leaves follows two different timelines: Ellis, who in a moment of panic accidentally leaves her daughter Viola alone for just a few seconds who is then abducted, and Raven who is raised by her mother who is very in tune with nature and convinces Raven she is not like others and is the “Daughter of Raven.”

Glendy writes about nature so beautifully and v
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Jennifer
Such incredible writing! Vanderah has created deeply flawed characters who highlight issues related to grief, traumatic guilt, mental wellness/illness, substance abuse, and forgiveness. This was a book I could not put down, and I was 100% invested in these characters. The settings Vanderah created were incredibly palpable as well. Nature became the redemptive, breathing life of this story. I am so happy to have found Glendy Vanderah's talented storytelling in 2019 and was ecstatic to see her wor ...more
Meghan Pfister
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️ I love the way Glendy Vanderah incorporates nature into her books. I enjoyed the storyline but felt that the last 25 percent of the book was a little too unrealistic. Too many characters were left undeveloped and everything felt rushed in the last quarter of the book. I do appreciate this author’s writing style and her knowledge and love of nature so I’ll read future books but I definitely liked Where the Forest Meets the Stars better than this book.
Susan
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I got this book for free through Amazon Prime and I really enjoyed it. It began with two parallel stories and even though I knew they were connected in some way I was surprised when the connection was revealed. In hindsight, I'm shocked that I didn't figure it out earlier. While both storylines grabbed my attention, my favorite part of the book was after they merged. My only complaint is that the ending was a little too tidy. Things seldom wrap up that neatly in real life. ...more
Melanie Markwith
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in less than 24 hours. Glendy paints a beautiful picture of her characters and their environment. While I really enjoyed this book, there were, for me, some flaws which kept me from giving it 5 stars like Where the Forest Meets the Stars. But, she has become a new favorite author and I will keep coming back for more!
Emily Jaronski
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story was hauntingly beautiful and will stick with me forever.
Traci Reed
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I literally could not have any more love for this book than I do. I thought Glendy would never be able to top my love for Where The Forest Meets the Stars but I finished this book absolutely weeping happy tears and so filled up with the love of this broken, shattered and carefully mended group of humans that get to call each other family that I almost wanted to crawl into the book and join their story.

Bravo!
Katherine
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really loved the author’s last book so I was excited to read her new book but it was not at all what I expected. In many ways it’s actually a credit to her ability to write so well that I not only kept reading after hating the beginning and the protagonist but actually found myself fully caught up in the story. I assumed the description of the mother who left her child unattended in a crisis was something like she left the child alone for a brief moment that was understandable but it very much ...more
Anne Brown
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4.5 STARS

"Who could know their future with a person they cared about? And even if they did somehow find out something bad was going to happen with that person, would they give up on them? Let them suffer alone? Love couldn’t be removed like a thorn from a thumb."

What a stunning story! Beautifully written and emotionally charged, 'The Light Through the Leaves' is a luminous book about loss, love and forgiveness. This character-driven story lived up to all my expectations from this amazingly t
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K.P. Ambroziak
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another one I couldn’t put down! This is Glendy Vanderah’s sophomore novel and after reading Where the Forest Meets the Stars, it was hard to imagine her topping it. But oh my gosh … this one is majestic. It’s bewitching, actually. Obviously, if you’ve read her, you know her simple and yet vividly vivid prose style, and how gifted she is with bringing the ecological world to life. She paints incredible scenes, so vivacious you can smell the surroundings. Her settings are intense. But so are her ...more
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Glendy Vanderah is the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars. Glendy worked as an avian biologist before she became a writer. For more information, visit www.glendyvanderah.com

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