Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Light Perpetual

 Light Perpetual 

Author: Francis Spufford

Narrator: Imogen Church

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio 

Year: 2021

Happy Tuesday! 
🎧 Audiobook Review 🎧
Thank you Sion & Schuster Audio for the gifted copy of this audiobook! 

It’s 1944. Shoppers are jammed in a crowded store on a busy Saturday when a German bomb falls, killing everyone including five children. But the children’s stories don’t end there. In author Francis Spufford’s new novel, he imagines what their lives might have been if the bomb never fell. 

Spufford shows restraint in the alternative timeline of his main characters’ lives. They don’t grow up to be rich and famous or change the course of history. They live ordinary lives full of ordinary trials, tribulations, and triumphs- job changes, falling in love, mental health issues, toxic relationships, surly teenage children, good life choices, and bad. Ordinary people who would have lived ordinary lives had a bomb not fallen on them.

Narrator Imogen Church brings the story to life in the audiobook. Her narration is spot on. In one particular chapter, Ben, who has schizophrenia, has a mental health crisis as he struggles to ignore the voice in his head. Church’s narration  is both heartbreaking and frightening as he works to stay in the moment and not allow his fear to spiral out of control. 

This is a story of what could have been- the everyday joy, sorrow, hope, love, fear, challenges, grace, and second chances. This is a good choice for readers who enjoy character driven novels or who like historical fiction. Light Perpetual is available now. 

Are you a character or a plot driven reader? 

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