When Light Breaks

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Garnering comparisons to Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy, Patti Callahan Henry has woven her lyrical Southern voice throughout the Lowcountry landscape. Now, as two women from opposite sides of the same sea meet, a tale unfolds that will draw you into the heart’s remembrances—and the tender awakenings of first love.…

Twenty-seven-year-old Kara Larson is bogged down in the stress of planning her elaborate wedding to a professional golfer. Still, to fulfill the requirements of ...

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Overview

Garnering comparisons to Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy, Patti Callahan Henry has woven her lyrical Southern voice throughout the Lowcountry landscape. Now, as two women from opposite sides of the same sea meet, a tale unfolds that will draw you into the heart’s remembrances—and the tender awakenings of first love.…

Twenty-seven-year-old Kara Larson is bogged down in the stress of planning her elaborate wedding to a professional golfer. Still, to fulfill the requirements of the Palmetto Pointe Junior Society, she makes time in her busy schedule to visit an elderly woman at a nursing home facility. Soon she finds herself mesmerized by the singsong Irish lilt of ninety-six-year-old Maeve Mahoney as Maeve recounts the rambling story of her first love back in Ireland. Or, Kara begins to wonder, is she really retelling an ancient tale of myth and legend? Waiting for the story to unfold in bits and pieces, and trying to discern the underlying truth, Kara is drawn in—and driven to remember her own first love: childhood neighbor Jack Sullivan. Gradually she realizes that before she embarks on her new life, she must find out how her own story—with Jack—will end.…

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“Patti Callahan Henry’s writing is as lush and magical as the Lowcountry she loves. Once caught in the emotional currents of her story, you’ll not be released until the last, satisfying page.”—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetgrass

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451218346
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,394,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti Callahan Henry
Patti Callahan Henry is a full-time writer, wife and mother and the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels with Penguin/NAL, including The Art of Keeping Secrets, Driftwood Summer and The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story. She lives with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River, where she is working on her next novel.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating character study

    Twenty-seven years old Kara Larsen feels the stress of planning her wedding to PGA star Peyton Ellis is worth the pressure. However, in spite of no time between her job with the PGA and her upcoming nuptials, Kara fulfills a commitment she made to her South Carolina hometown based Palmetto Pointe Junior Society by visiting nonagenarian Maeve Mahoney at the Verandah House Nursing Faculty. However, instead of a quick one time trip, Kara finds Maeve fascinating as the older woman relates the story of her first love in such a lyrical way that the visitor wonders if this is fiction. She returns several times to hear more. Finally Maeve encourages her not to settle, but to find her true love. Kara thinks back to Jack Sullivan, her first love and ponders whether she is doing the right thing by marrying Peyton. She decides to search for Jack if for no other reason so that she has no regrets when she is ninety-six and telling some youngster about the love of her life. --- This is a fascinating character study that concentrates on pivotal moments in which one makes a life decision. Kara and Maeve are fabulous protagonists as they discuss love and choices. Readers will commiserate with Kara even if you feel you made the right selection for you in terms of a significant other because her doubts ring genuine with application to any selecting of a critical path in life. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    An Unforgettable Work...

    When Light Breaks focuses on 27-year-old Kara Larson, a young woman engaged to a professional golfer. Though the wedding plans seem to take over Kara's life, she finds time to visit elderly Maeve Mahoney in a nursing home... Little does Kara know, Maeve's story of her lover from Ireland will spark a light in her soul that awakens the memory of Kara's own forgotten lover: Jack... With Maeve's story tearing at Kara's soul, she soon sets out to find out what will become of her own story with Jack... This book was honestly the best story I have ever read. It brought tears to my eyes, yet made me smile countless times too! True praise for Patti Callahan Henry's masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    Disappointed

    Having read the reviews I was waiting for a page turner of a book. I have to say when I realized I was almost done I thought maybe there would be a surprise (redeeming) ending. I was let down. The book was Ok but I found the writing a little disjointed. The plot was nothing out of the ordinary & I was not impressed with the writing style. This was the first book I have read of this author and I am not sure I will read more of hers, esp. when I disagree with the other readers high reviews.

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