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A Trick of Light [Kindle Edition]

Karen Blomain
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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"A fascinating psychological tale..." -- BOOKENDS

A gentle tale of two women ... I recommend this to readers who enjoy novels that explore family relationships. --

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When Hattie Darling’s husband Ben dies on his first night home from an extended business trip, she is devastated. But when she finds among his belongings evidence that there had been another woman in his life, Hattie is unable to mourn Ben as she thinks she should. In an attempt to make peace with her discovery, and against the advice of her friends, Hattie decides to find the other woman and confront her. At the heart of this emotional novel is the intertwining of the lives of two very different women who connect in unexpected and inspiring ways.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181287
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y0BYHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRICK OF LIGHT July 25 2002
"Karen Blomain takes the controversial subject of bigamy and makes it into something poignant, thought provoking and compassionate with a very compelling plot and unforgettable characters. A TRICK OF LIGHT can't help but touch your heart in all the nooks and crannies as it explores the creativity of an extraordinarily talented author whose characters seem so real that they shatter you emotionally as you become involved in their lives. When you finish the book, you can't help but wonder what you would do if faced with the same set of circumstances. Yes, it certainly is food for some lengthy discussions isn't it when you think about bigamy, middle-aged sexuality, agoraphobia, and widowhood!"
A TRICK OF LIGHT is one heartbreaking eye-opener as to how something like this could ever happen. Ms. Blomain handles it with the finesse of a master storyteller. I know this reader cried her eyes out many a time while reading this emotional roller coaster of a novel. Karen Blomain delves into the deepest of human emotions as she takes a woman's love for her husband, her memories of their life together, his death and what it means to his two wives, and mixes it with the stark reality of facing the truth behind years of deception and lies that were the result of a man's love and compassion for the two women he loved. The twister is that Hattie finds herself caught in the same web that caught up her dear Ben, a man who experienced the dilemma of falling in love with two women and adjusted his life to accommodate the two families.
This is the first book in a trilogy spanning 40 years in the lives of three women in a small town. Look for A TRICK OF LIGHT as a CBS movie by Barbara Streisand's Barwood Films in the future!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Trick of Light Dec 14 2002
A Trick of Light is a beautifully accessible novel with specific characters and events shaped by the real world. They are touching and familiar, and the voice that tells of them is honest, respectful, and unpretentious. What is particularly impressive is the construction of the novel's chapters. In some cases, they are no longer than a prose poem, bringing our attention to the smallest nuances, pauses, gestures, that collectively bring a character to life. In a sense, one could argue that the book works cinematically in the way that it moves gracefully from scene to scene, but it is the poetry of the language that really shines through and makes each "scene" satisfying and moving. What is more? It's a page-turner, a piece of literature that is immediately engrossing and one I found very hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Trick of Light Sept. 12 2003
A Trick of Light took me away from my own experience to a place of more understanding and empathy. Karen Blomain is a storyteller in the tradition of the Irish seanchai. No pressure, but I'm looking for the second in her quartet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pass May 31 2013
By Payel
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The story started out well and I expected it to be an usual "female" oriented book but I was really disappointed that towards the end the writer tries to justify bigamy....and the protagonist is weak excuse for a woman and we certainly don't need characters who accept a husband's cheating ways! I'm sorry....but to me, there's no grey here! Hence the two stars and had I known the content before, I would have given it a pass even if available free of cost!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Quite terrible Feb. 23 2014
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I wish I had not purchased this book. I got drawn in by the storyline but quickly realized the major problems with the timeline and plausibility of the events. None of the characters were developed and by the time I gave up reading I couldn't have cared less if any one of them had lived or died. How a book like this gets published I will never understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Searching topic Feb. 21 2013
By wispy
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This is a well written story involving a very touchy subject but done with great empathy and taste. I certainly became involved with the characters and enjoyed the resolution. Would recommend this book to everyone. Not light reading but written in such a way as to not bog the reader down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I felt love, confusion Oct. 7 2014
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I was thoroughly involved from chapter 1. I felt love, confusion, sympathy, anger, and a warm sense of family all while on something of an investigative journey. I couldn't put it down and it was over too soon. Everything a book should be!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing March 19 2015
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It was difficult to suspend my disbelief about this unlikely and somewhat convoluted story. Although the characters were fully formed, the plot moved at a ploddingly slow pace and the dead hero was ultimately just another cheating husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 5 months ago by Ann McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars A TRICK OF LIGHT
A wonderful read. I was held by the hand by the writer as she took me through the lives of two women. Very thought provoking and interesting story. Forgiveness was the essence.
Published 19 months ago by ROWENA HURST
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Did not like the main character, a boring, repressed, frumpy, conservative, old housewife. I could not relate to her in any way. The story dragged on till I abandoned it. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2013 by sheila nolan
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy
Too sentimental. Takes too long and to little action. Moves too slowly
I won't try any more of her books.
Published on April 27 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
It was interesting and kept my interest.The ending was a let down and could lead to a second book . Overall I enjoyed it.
Published on March 26 2013 by Kim Mckinnon
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue at it's best.
A very intriguing read. Didn't expect that at all. Made me wonder if I could be that forgiving, umm probably not.
Published on March 23 2013 by Cherie Brock
4.0 out of 5 stars A trick of light
The book was caught up in a lot of subliminal thoughts but not enough forward movement in the story. Not my favourite book.
Published on Feb. 22 2013 by abbylane
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of a book I read a long time ago called The Pilot's Wife. If you liked that book you will enjoy this one.
Published on Feb. 18 2013 by Berly
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