• The Light Through the Leaves

  • A Novel
  • By: Glendy Vanderah
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,928 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Go on a powerful journey of forgiveness and healing with The Light Through the Leaves, a transcendent novel of love, loss, and self-discovery by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars.

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, Ellis leaves her husband and young sons, burying her desperate ache for her children deeper with every step into the mountain wildernesses she treks alone. 

In a remote area of Washington, a young girl named Raven keeps secrets inside, too. She must never speak to outsiders about how her mother makes miracles spring from the earth, or about her father, whose mysterious presence sometimes frightens her. Raven spends her days learning how to use her rare gifts - and more important, how to hide them. With each lesson comes a warning of what dangers lie in the world beyond her isolated haven. But despite her mother’s cautions, Raven finds herself longing for something more. 

As Ellis and Raven each confront their powerful longings, their journeys will converge in unexpected and hopeful ways, pulled together by the forces of nature, love, and family.

©2021 by Glendy Vanderah. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A memorable story of love’s healing power.” Publishers Weekly

“A unique page-turner of remarkable richness, a tale of unthinkable trauma and the powerful, steady healing to be found in the natural world. I love the women in Vanderah’s novels, women who are allowed to be as flawed and raw and brave and fierce as men. And I loved the unfolding layers in this book, layers of love and disaster, secrets and longings, mothers and children, and always, nature as the steady backdrop to all life, offering the hope of renewal at all turns. Exquisite.” —Barbara O’Neal, USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids 

“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.” —Suzanne Redfearn, bestselling author of In an Instant 

Editor's Pick

Give me a happy ending, please
I’ve been waiting for something new from Glendy Vanderah ever since I listened to her debut, Where the Forest Meets the Stars, two years ago. She is fast becoming one of those writers I look to when in need of something to get lost in, and this latest from her does not disappoint! Her characters tie you up and draw you in. Her unique way of combining the magical/supernatural and the everyday is subtle, strange, and captivating. As in her debut, Vanderah’s love for nature shines through and is a central part of the story. Beautifully performed by narrator Susannah Jones, this enchanting story about love and loss and carrying on in the face of tragedy is the perfect companion to a long walk in the woods. It may make you cry, but ultimately will leave you with a smile on your face. —Tricia F., Audible Editor

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Intriguing story, but...

...I found the constant references to every character incessantly crying absolutely exhausting. Too much focus on the author’s “PC” checklist, which diminished the essence of the story.

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Enjoyable

This is a nice, enjoyable book. The descriptions of nature and places are really good. The plot takes you on an emotional roller coaster. The ending is a little rushed and gets wrapped up a little too neatly, but overall it was enjoyable to listen too.

I really thought this narrator for the audio book did a great job too. Each character had a distinct voice but it didn’t seem awkward when she changed voices.

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Life with hardships but not without hope

I really enjoyed this book. It covers every obstacle and tragedy from kidnapping, addiction, abandonment, divorce and more! The characters are flawed but endearing. Far fetched? Perhaps, but strength and perseverance prevail and everyone needs a refresher on hope to store away for life’s hardships.

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Magical

This book had me all over the place in a good way, I didn't expect many of the things that happened and they were even a shock but wow that's what makes a good book something totally unexpected.

This is the story of Ellies and Viola, Ellies is having a terrible moment driving around to hold herself together as she just experienced something that was breaking her in many places, without not knowing how to handle her broken self, she made the mistake of leaven her daughter unattended and this when things went to hell.

Ellies is no longer herself she is on a road of destruction, her husband and mother in law are not helping at all, on the contrary, they're making her feel worst with their constant accusations and terrible coldness, they don't even know what she is going through and still, they kept adding more to ger plate.

Viola lives in a beautiful place but kind of isolated, she lives with her "mother" she doesn't have any contact with the outside world only with her aunt, that she comes from time to time giving orders and suggestions that don't make any sense for Viola.

This is a story of fighting for what you believe and want in life, a story of second chances, forgiveness, faith, and hope!!

The light through the leaves has a few magical touches that really made this book more enjoyable, it is a book that will have you holding to your chair for hours.

The narrations by Susannah Jones great excellent love, how she brought the book and the characters to life.

The secondary characters really made this book even better giving the main characters more deepens.

This was a good story, very entertaining, something to keep you reading and reading until the end

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Beautifully written and excellent narration.

Loved the complexities of relationships, the story going back and forth in time, and the strong, but believable female characters. Highly recommended it!

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Loved!

It was well written. I love It because it was different from other books. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next.

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Wow - such beauty

Just like her first novel, I was sucked in by the gorgeous prose, flawed but redeemable characters and the epic journey of this family and all their drama.

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More please!

Excellent and different! I am a voracious reader, so I am not easily impressed with a book. I loved both of Glendy’s books. I highly recommend them, and am excited to see what comes next!

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Cliché

I loved the idea of a modern fairy tale, but this was cheesey and contained many clichés.

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I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

What an amazing story. So many threads woven together flawlessly. Kudos to the author and reader.

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  • TH
  • 07-18-21

Amongst the best books I have ever read

Such a cleverly written story. It has many layers to it which intertwine powerfully to capture loss, addiction, mental health, love, regret, and hope. It was different with a story that held my attention from the beginning and had twists and turns I was not expecting. A lovely ending too, providing the feel good factor. This is one I will be recommending to friends.

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  • C. J. Richardson
  • 04-21-21

Wonderful

What an amazing story of loss, love and restoration. When Ellis left her baby in a car park in a moment of stress, her journey of pain began, and lasted longer than she could ever had dreamt.

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  • Chris
  • 07-15-22

Not a bad read at all

A well written story that just about held together. The story of a child’s abduction told through both the mother and the daughter and it’s long lasting impact on all concerned. I found it a bit slushy at the end but it held my attention. A good holiday read.

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  • Jenny Marshall
  • 06-10-22

Outstanding

After reading where the forest meets the stars, I couldn’t wait for this one. It’s was just amazing. I loved how it was a much longer listen than the last which meant I had more hours of enjoyment. I felt completely absorbed, it really takes your imagination into the story. The characters and the narration were fantastic. Throughout it wasn’t predictable. I’m in mourning now it’s finished, I’ve down loaded her next one already. I just want her to keep writing more and more of these lovely stories. Thank you!

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  • Sanchita.
  • 02-11-22

Highly recommended!

Just beautiful … the prose, the story, the narration. I have nothing further I can add (other than to confirm I have just now pre-ordered Ms.Vanderah’s third novel due out in March, having now finished both of the 2 beautiful novels she has written so far).

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  • Simms
  • 01-13-22

Addictive

I loved this book from start to finish. I would definitely recommend it’s worth a listen & the narrator was really good too.

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  • Linda
  • 10-16-21

Great Read

Enjoyed every minute of this book. Narration was really good too. Couldn't put it down.

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  • D. Hall
  • 09-26-21

Beautiful moving storytelling

Having enjoyed her first book so much I was very excited when I realised another had been written. Imaginative, captivating, warm hearted, great characters. Emotionally intense like the last one and disturbing in places but not so much you want to stop reading. Fantastic place descriptions. A perfect autumn winter listen. I devoured it.

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  • RebKP
  • 09-23-21

Heart warming story

Enjoyable read. I liked the descriptions of nature and the journeys the characters went on.

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  • mrs
  • 09-21-21

Pleasantly unpleasant (partially)!

Good narration. Interesting tale which was neatly woven , with the plot well coloured by character details and nature . Enjoyable .

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  • Trina Smith
  • 10-20-21

Very enjoyable

An easy listen and a wonderful rolling story, l loved it. It might be boring to say it would make a good TV series - done right ✅

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  • Jodi Eaton
  • 08-24-21

What A journey

enjoyed this book so much, great second book. brilliant work loved it was awesome q

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-21

Best book

I just loved this story. It was wonderful. The narrator was very good too. Definitely would recommend this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-22

A slice of magic!

Words cannot describe the joy and utter high I felt after finishing this book! A beautiful journey of loss, the many personal faces of grief, enduring love, hope, longing, addiction, redemption and second chances. The intricate description of the natural world is rich and powerful. Absolutely wonderful read.

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