22 February 2019

How the Light Gets In | Book Review


“Compellingly woven by Jolina Petersheim’s capable pen, How the Light Gets In follows a trail of grief toward healing, leading to an impossible choice–what is best when every path will hurt someone?” –Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.

When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.

Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.

But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.

“A mother’s love and a mother’s duty war with a woman’s need to feel loved and whole, in a story that will have you pondering long after you close the final page.Which path would I take?” – Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“Petersheim’s gentle retelling of the story of Ruth will both stir and settle the hearts of her readers.” – Lauren K. Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway and Hurricane Season

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date: March 5, 2019


Retelling the biblical story of Ruth, How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim deals with loss, grief, and forgiveness, as well as love, moving on, and the changing of dreams, and it’s a story I will not soon forget.

When her husband dies, Ruth Neufeld and her two daughters lives uproot as they stay in a Mennonite community, piecing together their future. Heartbreak after heartbreak fills Ruth’s story, sorting through the ramifications of her loss, yet it is not without hope—and plenty of thought-provoking surprises.

How the Light Gets In is one of those stories that kept me thinking long after the last page. The story captured all my emotions from joy to sorrow, and the ending challenged how I felt about it. All in all, I enjoyed, loved, and now recommend this book.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of How the Light Gets In and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Jolina Petersheim and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but they now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their three young daughters. Jolina’s fifth novel, How the Light Gets In, a modern retelling of Ruth set in a cranberry bog in Wisconsin, releases March 2019.


1 comment:

  1. I love when a book is so good that I keep thinking about long after I've finished the last page! Thank you for being on the tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours