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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Honeysuckle Season comes an evocative dual-timeline novel detailing one woman’s journey to discover the hidden stories of her family’s seaside resort.

When a shipwreck surfaces, old secrets are sure to follow.

Or so goes the lore in Ivy Neale’s hometown of Nags Head, North Carolina. When Ivy inherits her family’s beachfront cottage upon her grandmother’s death, she knows returning to Nags Head means facing the best friend and the boyfriend who betrayed her years ago.

But then a winter gale uncovers the shipwreck of local legend—and Ivy soon begins to stumble across more skeletons in the closet than just her own. Amid the cottage’s clutter are clues from her grandmother’s past at the enchanting seaside resort her family once owned. One fateful summer in 1950, the arrival of a dazzling singer shook the staff and guests alike—and not everyone made it to fall.

As Ivy contends with broken relationships and a burgeoning romance in the present, the past threatens to sweep her away. But as she uncovers the strength of her grandmother and the women who came before her, she realizes she is like the legendary shipwreck: the sands may shift around her, but she has found her home here by the sea.

©2022 Mary Burton. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Good book but I kept confusing the characters.

I ended up reading the book on Kindle. The chapters switched back and forth from 1922 and 1950. For some reason I just had a hard time switching back and forth so I read all of Ruth’s chapters and then all of Ivy’s chapters and it was much easier to follow.

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Amateurish

Poorly written, amateurish plot, stilted / immature characters, barely adequate narration….it was a struggle to finish.

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Enjoyable book for summer

This was a nice easy listen. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery was good. I thought I had it figured out, but didn't quite.
nothing too deep or super serious, just a fun book to listen to during my walks.

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summer read time

Ivy Neales, needs to head back to her hometown of Nags Head, in North Carolina. she has inherited a cottage after her grandmother passed away, but she is not so eager to return to her roots as she knows she will have to face many of her demons especially her past, her ex, and her best friend whom not so long ago did something that had hurt her immensely.

The Brighter The Light is a second chance novel more about second chances in friendship and starting all over again whenever you feel like there is no beginning. Ivy didn't have so much fate when she arrived, she had other plans for the cottage and her life but suddenly old memories and old friends will do whatever they can to start changing her mind forever.

Ivy has been living in the big city for a while doing what she loves cooking and working as a very successful "chef" but now that she is back at her home, somehow is feeling like North Carolina is calling her again to stay, with a few offers coming from her ex, she is not really ready for it now she has a clearer plan on what she wants to do and if she ever's going to stay.

This was a light read there was not really a heavy drama to report the only drama was somehow very manageable so is a good summer read or something to take your mind off

The narrations by Megan Tusing were great I really love her words and voice he always delivers amazing work.

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beautiful story.

I absolutely loved this story. I couldn't tell what was going to happen at all. the twist in the characters life kept deepening. I was fully engaged until the end. loved the ending so much!

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story intriguing, performance depressing

I couldn't understand why such good story would be so depression inspiring. then I realized it was the exceptional performance of the words but they all had a downturn in energy. I found myself battling very depressive thoughts even when she was explaining exciting and happy notes to the story. The story was excellent, the performance was excellent. But I realized it's just a trigger in her tone of voice for me, that made me struggle to finish this book. The story wouldn't let me go
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This is a very good book

I love this book. I loved how it kept going in between the current time and the past. I love the twists and turns and it kept my interest. I love this book and probably will re-read it. Mary Ellen Taylor is an excellent author and Megan Tusing is awesome at narrating this book. I loved how she could change her voice for each person in the book and kept it consistent. I always knew who was talking because the way she spoke. I definitely would love to listen to more books with her narrating. I recommend everyone to listen to this book because it is awesome.

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loved this book!

I really enjoyed this book! So many trists and turns along the way! It's always a plus when the "good-guys" win!

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Wonderful Fun Summer Read

This book was so fun to listen to. I enjoyed it so much. The story was very well thought out and written. The characters were great and became fun friends. I fully recommend this book!

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Extraordinary

There are books that make you smile, think, cry and not want to put it down. This is that book. I enjoyed everything about this book. I didn't enjoy having to put it down to go to sleep or work.
Read the book to be transported back into the past. Read the book to heal childhood mistakes. Read the book to learn let your heart beat again.