Genre: YA Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Published: October 23rd 2018
Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.
When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.
Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.
Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.
But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under. – Synopsis from Goodreads
“A Woodlands heart always find its way home”
Oh my word! What can I say about this book? Only that it was one of the best reads of the year for me. I was not expecting this at all. I mean, I read the synopsis but I do like to go into a book a bit blind. I skimmed the synopsis, still I was not expecting the ride that I went on.
The Light Between Worlds is essentially what happens to people that come back to this world after leaving a Narnia-esque type one and how they cope with the reality of leaving magic behind after being forced back into the mundane. Our tale follows primarily the story of two young sisters Evelyn and Philippa .The way the author chose to do these two points of views suited the story so much. Instead of alternating between the sisters from chapter to chapter as we usually see, the book is actually split in two, the first half being Evelyn’s while the second half Philippa’s.
We follow Evelyn, the youngest of the siblings while she tries to adapt and fit in this world it is quickly clear that she is struggling with depression. For me, Evelyn felt very relatable. I think we’ve all had periods where we felt like we don’t belong and had trouble relating with other people. There are parts in the story that you could see her trying to grab hold of things to keep her anchored and it not fully working, my heart broke for her. The relationship with Evelyn’s brother and sister felt very real, you could see that they loved each other but they didn’t always know how to connect. As for Philippa the eldest of the two sisters it took me a little while to connect with her part of the book. She seemed more guarded in the beginning but the more she told her story, the more she let her barriers down and you got to see how everything truly affected her. In their own way, both sisters are fighting to conquer their struggles and learning to put themselves first.
I found Laura E. Weymouth’s writing stunning and enchanting. The portraits her words painted of the emotional journey the characters went on were so impactful. She made me live the emotions, so that I do find it hard to critique a book that feels so intimate. Personally, I prefer a third person point of view but in this case I am so glad that she went with first person because it brought a lot more depth to the story and the characters.
If you are expecting a lot of action and to visit to far away lands, this is not what you are going to get from The Light Between Worlds. What you will get is a touching story about the love and bond that unites siblings, the struggle to find your place in the world and learning to love yourself.