A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields

A Lily in the Light

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.Unable to cope, Esme escapes the nightmare that is her new reality when ...


Details A Lily in the Light

TitleA Lily in the Light
ISBN9781721337187
Author
Release DateApr 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreFiction, Mystery
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Reviews A Lily in the Light

  • Berit☀️✨
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully told, elegantly executed... this was an emotional story about the aftermath of tragedy. Kristin Feild’s debut was evocative and heart wrenching. A unique take on the missing child trope. This is not a dark twisted thriller with wild secrets, it is a tender story Full of heart and hope. This book really captures the essence of Esme, and how her sister Lily’s disappearance impacted her life. Esme is 11 years old, she loves ballet an...
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    1970-01-01
    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 obli...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    1970-01-01
    1.5 STARSEleven-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...
  • Melodie
    1970-01-01
    This well told debut takes a look into a family caught in a maelstrom of sorrow,grief and recrimination when a four year old goes missing. Told from the perspective of then eleven year old Esme, overwhelmed with sadness not just for her missing sister but for the family that she sees disintegrating before her eyes. Esme is able to escape to her ballet classes where she can temporarily put aside her grief and the new toxicity of her family. Given ...
  • Barbara Davis
    1970-01-01
    “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 w...
  • Deb Poole
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    11 year old Esme lives and breathes ballet. One night, her 4 year old sister Lily disappears without a trace and life as she knows it is altered forever. Her family starts to fall apart, everyone is a suspect, and Lily throws herself into ballet as a way of forgetting. She is given the chance to escape when she receives an invitation to join an elite ballet company across the country. Fast forward 8 years later and Esme is a rising ballerina and ...
  • Lynda Kelly
    1970-01-01
    My Kindle First choice for March....it'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 ...
  • Suze
    1970-01-01
    LilyMy 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 re...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Really good story with very relatable characters. Didn't want to stop reading
  • Jacqueline
    1970-01-01
    Boring book, a struggle to get through, I thought it'd be a mystery/thriller but it wasn't.. I think it was about ~dealing with the aftereffect of trauma and loss~ ~broken families~ and ... ballet? I dunno, but it was boring. Lately, all of Amazon's Kindle First reads taste like dry, crumbly red delicious apples you get for free at a boring conference.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!BOOK REVIEW: A LILY IN THE LIGHT BY KRISTIN FIELDSWe meet a ballet prodigy with her whole life ahead of her. When her little sister goes missing, her life, along with her family is thrown into a tailspin.FAMILY DRAMAOne thing I really enjoy about A Lily in the Light is this imperfect family. Well, let me be clear. I don’...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "A Lily in the Light" by Kristin Fields, Lake Union Publishing, April 1, 2019Kristin 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 ev...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Kathleen Carter Communications and Lake Union for a free copy of this book for review. This was a beautifully written book by a debut author. Much of the book is told through Esme who is 11 years old at the beginning of the story. Esme lives for ballet. Her mother encourages her and takes her for lessons hoping Esme can become famous. Tragedy strikes the family when four year old Lily vanishes. As the days become weeks there is no si...
  • Bree
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cathy *Booklover4everandever*
    1970-01-01
    Not too badThis book had me stumbling about midway through it. Hard to understand was all but the general idea was great, the research was spot on and you could tell the author was passionate about what she wrote which is the whole point, or part of it at least, to me.
  • Melissa Loucks
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Carissa
    1970-01-01
    Will Please ReadersI 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
    1970-01-01
    A Limit on the LightThis 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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Cathy
    1970-01-01
    I was thoroughly impressed with this powerful debut. it deals with the impact of a missing child on the family members left behind. Mainly told from the point of view of her elder sister Esme, the daughter who distances herself from the family and throwing herself into dance. Once I started I couldn't put this down, I found it compelling, and the emotions felt very real.
  • Carlynne
    1970-01-01
    A sequel could finish this storyEnjoyed the weave of family relationships with the tough yet beautiful world of ballet. The protagonist was a very developed character, others a bit less so but it was HER story so that’s reasonable. I wanted to know more about Lily’s feelings at reunification but maybe when it’s herstory to tell—-
  • deborah thompson
    1970-01-01
    TDidn't like it, it was to slow. Dragged on on on on on so sad then happy took forever no
  • Therese Walsh
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Really Into This
    1970-01-01
    Sarah wrote this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!BOOK REVIEW: A LILY IN THE LIGHT BY KRISTIN FIELDSWe meet a ballet prodigy with her whole life ahead of her. When her little sister goes missing, her life, along with her family is thrown into a tailspin.FAMILY DRAMAOne thing I really enjoy about A Lily in the Light is this imperfect family. Well, let me be clear. I don’t...
  • Carla Suto
    1970-01-01
    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...