Drenched in Light

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Once a gifted ballet dancer, Julia Costell buckled under the demands of a professional dance career, and has landed with a thud in an unglamorous job as a guidance counselor at a performing arts high school. Living back home with her parents and feeling lost, she is afraid she’ll never soar again…until the day young Dell Jordan is sent to her office, carrying an essay.

In Dell’s writing, Julia sees luminous sparks of hope. But as she fights to forge a brighter future for one ...

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Overview

Once a gifted ballet dancer, Julia Costell buckled under the demands of a professional dance career, and has landed with a thud in an unglamorous job as a guidance counselor at a performing arts high school. Living back home with her parents and feeling lost, she is afraid she’ll never soar again…until the day young Dell Jordan is sent to her office, carrying an essay.

In Dell’s writing, Julia sees luminous sparks of hope. But as she fights to forge a brighter future for one disadvantaged student, she is drawn into startling undercurrents of conflict and denial within the academy. Only when she is tested in ways she never could have imagined does she begin to discover where real meaning and fulfillment lie—and realize that even though her life has seemed off course, she’s been on the right path all along.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451218483
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 438,422
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Wingate writes both Accent novels and contemporary romances for NAL.  She lives with her husband and two sons in the central Texas hill country, where she is a popular inspirational speaker, writing instructor, and magazine columnist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Drenched in Light quickly became one of my favorite books of all times. Lisa Wingate is now one author I will reach for on the book shelf.

    Drenched in Light was a very uplifting, inspring book. I loved the characters and Ms. Wingate's development of them. A couple of the characters I had read about in another of Ms. Wingate's books, Tending Roses, which I also loved. In fact, I have bought all four books in her "Tending Roses" series. Her characters were real-to-life and the story line very believable and heart tugging.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    Great Read

    This was the 1st Wingate book I have read and now I am hooked!! She is a very talented writer. Cant wait to read more!!! Good read for teens or for adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Reads So Sweet and Simple !!!

    I admit it. I couldn't put the book down. I really appreciated the underlying theme of the struggle involved in doing the right thing, and I appreciated the insight into how families make life complicated sometimes. AND it's a great read that makes you feel like life ain't so bad after all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    A fantastic story for families to share

    In Drenched In Light, Lisa Wingate enters the world of a performing arts high school, providing a backdrop for a story that is compelling, thought-provoking, and entirely entertaining. In telling the story of newly-hired guidance counselor, Julia Costell, Wingate examines the challenges modern teens face in the complex, and sometimes dangerous world of modern high school. While helping students navigate the pitfalls of drugs, performance pressure, and the search for self, Julia recognizes her own childhood struggles and unearths the causes of her self-destructive eating disorder. Julia's eyes open to new possibilities as she becomes a mentor to Dell Jordan, a talented musician and daughter of a drug-addicted mother. In helping Dell, Julia comes to realize that the joy of inner satisfaction far outweighs outer perfection, in a story that looks at issues from both a teen and adult point of view. Ultimately, Drenched In Light is a well-written tale that celebrates hope, friendship, mentoring, and the human spirit. An excellent read for families to share and discuss, and one that will not disappoint her many fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    A good tale

    Ballet dancer Julia Costell had a promising career but collapsed under the incredible pressure after suffering an eating disorder caused by a retort from her ballet instructor. She managed to land in Kansas City as a guidance counselor at Harrington Arts Academy, a magnet school for talented middle year students in the performing arts. Julia knows first hand that those with wealth have a monster edge in the admittance program as they can afforded the best private tutors, which leads her to wonder how thirteen years old Dell Jordan, daughter of a dead addict, made the cut.-------------------------- Counseling Dell, who struggles with the academic classes, Julia recognizes a talented but frightened young lady with no support system in other words she sees her as a young teen with potential to go far as a ballerina but had no support system. They forge a relationship in which Julia helps Dell cope and improve her grades while Dell introduces Julia to an after-school program for underprivileged kid. In spite of her dedication, Julia is in trouble of losing her job when her supervisor demands she apologize for trying to help a student using drugs as the truth need not apply when money is involved.------------------ Though too many of life lessons come together at the same time overwhelming the reader and Julia, the lead character learns through the school of hard knocks what is important and what is not. Dell proves to be her catalyst that turns her introspective so that she can see inside herself how others perceive her. Fans of a deep character study will want to read DRENCHED IN LIGHT as Lisa Wingate writes about the downside caused by internal and external pressure of performing.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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