In 2010, when JoAnn Durgin published “Awakening”, the first book of the Lewis Legacy Series, I’m not sure she realized this book, no, this series, would take on a life of its own. But it did. And with each consecutive book, that life grew until the readers were hooked, and considered the Lewis family and all the other characters in these books part of their own family.
In December 2018, the tenth book, “Let Your Light Shine” hit the bookstands as an immediate best-seller. And with good reason. Although the main characters are Sam and Lexa Lewis and Josh and Winnie Grant, Ms. Durgin brought back several of the TeamWork members and their families, including Marc and Natalie Thompson and their daughter, Gracie, Jensen and Sloan McClain and others, skillfully weaving them into this story.
It was truly hard to put this book down as the main storyline and all the secondary storylines were captivating. I don’t want to give anything away, but Ms. Durgin addresses the subject of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome with such grace and compassion. She enlightened this reviewer to the facts of Asperger’s; she knows of that about which she writes. And the ending was such a surprise – never saw it coming!
One would think that a writer would be able to find the words to describe how moving this book is, but words almost fail me. So, let me encourage you to put this book at the top of your summer reading list. So what if the book takes place in December? Christmas stories are fun to read anytime.
And, don’t be intimated if you haven’t read the first nine books of the series. Each book can be read as a standalone, even “Let Your Light Shine.”
I was not compensated in any way for this review and the opinion expressed here is mine alone.