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Play of Light by Debra Doxer
Play of Light by Debra Doxer
Publication date: December 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.
At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.
That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.
But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?
~ This is a standalone story. ~
You know those books that are so easy to get lost in right from the first page? Play Of Light is one of them.
I opened the book up, started reading, and was completely engrossed. I had the luxury of once of being home completely alone when I started it, by the time I looked at the clock, I was 71% of the way done. It felt like no time had passed at all.
The book goes back and forth between the past and the present as we learn what happened to Sarah and her family and about what Spencer has gone through.
Their history together is both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.
Bianca in her review on Amazon said this book is about “how love can destroy, consume, and overcome”.
I think those are the perfect words to describe this book and they were the words I couldn’t find as I was thinking back on what I had read. I hope she doesn’t mind that I quoted her in my own review.
It isn’t just romantic love that can do those things to us, it’s love for our families and our friends and Sarah wasn’t the only one who was destroyed by love for someone. We don’t get a lot of her time with her other family members, but we know just how deeply what Sarah has been through affected all of them. All of them need to heal in whatever way is best for them.
I loved Play Of Light. I adored the main characters: Spencer, Sarah, Riley, Colby. Everyone was so well written and though none of them were perfect, they were all extremely likable.
5 stars from me. I am so glad I received a copy of Play Of Light to read (thank you for that!). It was a beautiful journey! I look forward to reading more books from Debra Doxer!
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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