FICTION

Set the Stars Alight

Bethany House. Jun. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780764236334. $29.99. CF
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Lucy’s childhood in a refurbished match factory in London was filled with magic and wonder. Her father, a watchmaker, would tell wondrous tales and riddles to challenge her imagination, and soon, her new American friend, Dashel, joined in the stories. But children grow up, and as Lucy’s life fell apart, the only thing she has left is the mystery of the disappearance of the HMS Jubilee and the traitor who stole it. As a marine archaeologist, she is determined to find it, and with some unexpected help from a forensic astronomer, her old friend Dashel, she might uncover more than she is looking for.
VERDICT Dykes (Whose Waves These Are) weaves together two narratives separated by centuries, showing how tiny actions have repercussions that ring through time. Joy and grief blend equally as Lucy and Dashel rediscover each other and the riddle set in motion by a beloved watchmaker years earlier to show he is always with them. With its appeal for inspirational and secular readers, this is highly recommended for all public libraries.

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