July 8, 2020

Set the Stars Alight


I have many thoughts about Set the Stars Alight. I love dual-time period stories, and the ties that bind them.

The contemporary side centers on Lucy Clairmont and Dashel Greene. Lucy is nicknamed the Matchstick Girl and Dash is as The Lost Boy. As a child, Dash gives her the nickname due to the fact that her bedroom was once part of a matchstick factory, and Dash is the Lost Boy, due to not having a sense of family until taken in by the Clairmonts. Lucy’s father, the ultimate storyteller, is who brings these two together and sets things in motion. I didn’t connect that well with Lucy, but mainly sympathized with Dash. Their journey, although touching, plays second fiddle (in my opinion) to the historical side of the timeline! 

In the 1800s, Frederick, Juliette, and Elias are a truly memorable trio, though splintered and bedraggled in many ways. As they journey and grow from childhood to adults, their lives cross in unexpected, disastrous, and even surprisingly blessed ways. Frederick is an exceptional and unforgettable character and has left a mark on my heart. He is, by far, my favorite character in this book.

Last year I was introduced to Amanda Dykes’ writing and was wowed. Whose Waves These Are made a profound impact on me and is one of my favorite books. Set the Stars Alight is meaningful and cohesive with a much gentler pace.

With themes of family, honor, and sacrifice, Set the Stars Alight exemplifies the rewards of love and sacrifice, and the lasting power of stories and storytelling through the ages.

The Maker of the stars is the Maker of your hearts. ~Amanda Dykes


I was blessed to receive a complimentary digital copy of this book.


  1. I'm reading this book as we speak. Thanks for not giving spoilers. :) I adore Amanda Dykes dual timelines


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