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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The setting in Where the Love Light Gleams by Roberta Kennedy is what first caught my attention as I started this story. The author has a powerful way of making readers see the landscape in their imaginations. As the story begins, the reader is introduced to a thirty-four-year-old divorcee, Rowan Grace Brown, making her way gleefully across the border, journeying to a little hamlet in Scotland, her father's native land. It is her belief that this place holds the key to her happiness after a painful divorce, and that she could end up developing a relationship with her childhood friend, Alex Corbett. Will Alex be ready for her? Will she find the beautiful village the same as it used to be? Here is a story that explores love and faith in a very unique way.
Roberta Kennedy has written a gorgeous story that captures the culture and lore of the Scottish people with beauty. Right from the start of the story, she shares a detail of the setting that will fascinate readers: “In ancient times, the people of The Scottish Highlands believed that the rowan tree with its red berries kept evil from their doors.” The village of Rowan Tree is that village where the locals decided to plan rowan trees around the entire village, adorning it with exquisite beauty. This beauty adds a lot of color to the narrative. Where the Love Light Gleams features very good writing with vivid descriptions and manifold dramatic scenes. The plot isn’t very complex, but readers will enjoy the memorable characters, especially the protagonist and her leap of faith. I found the story both inspiring and entertaining, a story that will teach readers to risk believing again.