Soon the Light Will Be Perfect

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect

by Dave Patterson


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ISBN-13: 9781335652904
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 163,690
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dave Patterson is an award-winning writer, musician and high school English teacher. He received his MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. His writing has appeared in The Burlington Free Press, Vermont Life Magazine, The Portland Press Herald, Maine Today and others. He lives outside Portland, Maine, with his wife, two kids, and dog.

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Soon the Light Will Be Perfect: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 8 days ago
This book is well written. The troubles that eventually surface could be considered a little on the dramatic side, yet they have grown so organically from the characters, that they don't seem at all contrived or forced. It is a rare thing these days for an author to manage to move the plot along without resorting to out of character or illogical actions of the characters. A gripping novel from word one until long after the novel has ended. A realistic novel that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It is a novel you can relate to as it could happen to any of us. This was actually a very heart-wrenching story. The story is told from the point of view of our 12 year old protagonist. Dave Patterson did a great job moving the main story-line forward. The pace of the story kept me engaged until the end. Even though a large part of the story was somber and a lot of sorrowful things happen I mostly found it to be a very uplifting story about family and faith and I was very satisfied with the ending.
SL22268 9 days ago
Solid 3 Stars Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a copy of an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a coming of age story that I revolves around a boy, his teenage brother, his father, and ailing mother. His mother is diagnosed with cancer and his family is staunch Catholic. The church comes together to try to pray the cancer out of her. Over the course of the summer, he meets a girl from the trailer park which shows him a different side of life. I wanted to like this story more, but it really didn't resonate with me. Still a solid 3 star story.
CRSK 12 days ago
3.5 Stars A tightly woven coming-of-age story of a twelve-year-old boy and his family living in a small, economically deprived town in Vermont, as the country is on the verge of the Gulf War, and the family is on the verge of their own trauma. The family consists of two boys, the one that is twelve, and his fifteen year-old brother, a father who works at a manufacturing plant, and a mother who is a homemaker, active in their church, the mother is also involved in some charitable organizations. This is a strongly bonded, staunchly Catholic family, who attend services regularly, and who have been able, finally, to move out of the nearby trailer park. And for a moment in time, life is good. Shared through the eyes and thoughts of the twelve-year old, we watch as this boy-soon-to-be-a-man shares his story, his view of the world and his family, his mother’s “stomach problems” diagnosis changes to cancer, and his father’s struggles at work, the pending Gulf War which might help them economically, but at what cost? ”I don’t hear the rest of his homily as I stare at my mother and try to imagine an empty space where she has sat every Sunday morning of my life.” A family caught up in a maelstrom, relying on their priest for guidance and comfort until the priest inexplicably disappears amidst rumours. Enter Taylor, a girl from the trailer park, whose mother is divorced and whose life has forced her to grow up too soon, and a bond is formed between these two, one that grows stronger as his mother’s health declines as the summer days go by. While their world seems to be falling apart, and the war is a part of this story, this settles into a story of facing the uncertainty, pain, dissatisfaction associated with the instability of life and living that they are facing, along with a sometimes disturbing view of the mind of this twelve-year-old boy and his search for a miracle. Pub Date: 09 Apr 2019 Many thanks for the ARC provided by HARLEQUIN / Hanover Square Press
lee2staes 12 days ago
Soon the light Will Be Perfect is a intriguing and intense book. It's one of those books that feels a little like something is about to explode. It’s about a family dealing with a number of issues, including the Catholic Church, the fathers job and the mothers illness. Its an emotional story about a family in the midst of crisis, in which two brothers are forced to grow up without any real guidance or explanation of all that is crumbling around them. I like this book and will recommend it to my friends. My thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.