Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Release Day! A Brighter Flame by Christine Nolfi ~ My Thoughts #ABrighterFlame @christinenolfi #NetGalley

Happy Release Day!

Congrats Christina
on the release today of
A Brighter Flame!

A Brighter Flame by Christine Nolfi
Friendship Fiction, 301 pages
Published September 27, 2022 by Lake Union Publishing

She’s always wanted a sense of belonging. The last place she expects to find it is home.

Vale Lightner’s dreams turn to ash when the Pittsburgh bar she owns goes up in flames. Just like the past she escaped, very little seems salvageable. Facing unavoidable change, Vale returns to her hometown of Philadelphia to stay with her grandmother.

She knows that returning also means facing everything she left behind: a mother and stepfather who shunted her into the background from the day they married, and her charmed and favored half sister, Blythe, who has abandoned a perfect marriage and is now at a crossroads of her own. Everyone has their secrets, and this reunited family racked by them is about to reach a crisis point.

For a mother and her two daughters, this reunion is a chance for closure, newfound love, and forgiveness. As each of them reassesses her own memories of the past, only the truth can bring them together—in ways that could last forever. 

From the bestselling author of The Passing Storm comes a poignant novel about family secrets, healing, and the hope of second chances.


My thoughts about A Brighter Flame ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Vale awoke to the scream of sirens."

I have loved every book that I've read by Christine Nolfi. And I swear, each book is my favorite.... until her next one, that is. I'm always so excited when she publishes a new story. 

A Brighter Flame covers it all—trauma, secrets, family drama, friendship, relationships, sisterly competition and jealousy, love, healing, moving forward—you get the idea. And all of that is wrapped up with wonderful, interesting characters who came to feel like family to me. I felt all of the emotions, just like they did.

Drama rears its ugly head because of all of the family dysfunction and lack of communication. When the warring sisters are thrown together, secrets and truths start to be revealed. Working through them was a tough journey, even for me. Whew! Gotta love the 9 year old Natty, though, to make sure everyone gets along, whether they want to or not. I loved her! 

I loved everything about this novel and Ms. Nolfi definitely has another hit on her hands. I loved all of the family drama and all of the love that came shining through. A Brighter Flame needs to go on your must-read list. You do not want to miss this wonderful story. I highly recommend it! 

I received a copy of A Brighter Flame from the author via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

Christine Nolfi is the award-winning and bestselling author of fifteen novels, including The Passing Storm, cited by Publishers Weekly as “Tautly plotted, expertly characterized, and genuinely riveting” and gold medal winner in general fiction, International Book Awards. Look for Christine’s 2022 release, A Brighter Flame.

Other works include The Road She Left Behind, a top book club pick by Working Mother and Parade magazines, and the award-winning Sweet Lake Series: Sweet Lake, The Comfort of Secrets, and The Season of Silver Linings.

Earlier works include Second Chance Grill, highly recommended by The Midwest Book Review and Treasure Me, recognized by the Next Generation Indie Awards and Put Your Heart in a Book Awards. The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge was cited by The Midwest Book Review as “Poignant and powerful, as much a saga of learning to survive, heal, and forgive as it is a chilling crime story, unforgettable to the very end.”

A native of Ohio, Christine now resides in South Carolina with her husband and their crazy wheaten terrier, Lucy. For more information, visit www.christinenolfi.com ~ Goodreads

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