Featured: A Brighter Flame by Christine Nolfi
From the bestselling author of The Passing Storm comes a poignant novel about family secrets, healing, and the hope of second chances.
She’s always wanted a sense of belonging.
The last place she expects to find it is home.
Vale Lightner’s dreams turn to ash when the Pittsburgh bar she owns goes up in flames.
Just like the past she escaped, very little seems salvageable.
Facing unavoidable change, Vale returns to her hometown of Philadelphia to stay with her grandmother.
She knows that returning also means facing everything she left behind: a mother and stepfather who shunted her into the background from the day they married, and her charmed and favored half sister, Blythe, who has abandoned a perfect marriage and is now at a crossroads of her own.
Everyone has their secrets, and this reunited family racked by them is about to reach a crisis point.
For a mother and her two daughters, this reunion is a chance for closure, newfound love, and forgiveness.
As each of them reassesses her own memories of the past, only the truth can bring them together—in ways that could last forever.
Meet Christine Nolfi:
Christine Nolfi is the award-winning and bestselling author of fifteen novels, including The Passing Storm, cited by Publishers Weekly as “Tautly plotted, expertly characterized, and genuinely riveting” and gold medal winner in general fiction, International Book Awards. Look for Christine’s 2022 release, A Brighter Flame.
Other works include The Road She Left Behind, a top book club pick by Working Mother and Parade magazines, and the award-winning Sweet Lake Series: Sweet Lake, The Comfort of Secrets, and The Season of Silver Linings.
Earlier works include Second Chance Grill, highly recommended by The Midwest Book Review and Treasure Me, recognized by the Next Generation Indie Awards and Put Your Heart in a Book Awards.
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge was cited by The Midwest Book Review as “Poignant and powerful, as much a saga of learning to survive, heal, and forgive as it is a chilling crime story, unforgettable to the very end.”
A native of Ohio, Christine now resides in South Carolina with her husband and their crazy wheaten terrier, Lucy. For more information, visit www.christinenolfi.com
Review by Susan Peterson:
When the bar that she co-owns with her father burns to the ground, Vale is devastated, and goes to stay with her grandmother while she’s figuring out what to do next.
When she arrives, she discovers that her estranged sister is also staying there. Years of betrayal and hurt exist between Vale and her sister Blythe, as well as a strained relationship with her mother and stepfather.
This compelling family drama is filled with secrets and painful memories, and I was so caught up in the characters and their stories that I could barely put this book down.
I’m always drawn to stories about sisters, and the relationship between Vale and Blythe was filled with complications, as they each searched for new beginnings, and tried to retain the closeness they shared when they were younger.
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