Title: All The Little Lights
Author: Jamie McGuire
Page Count: 440 pages
Genre:Romance // Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.
Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.
Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
When an author tries something different in their genre sometimes it works and sometimes it feels off. For Jamie McGuire’s All The Little Lights I was expecting a romance read because that’s why I go to her, when I’m feeling a romanc-y read. Imagine my surprise when I picked up more of a mystery! This was not what I was itching for and I was a bit disappointed in terms of the choice to publish it under her name. Personally, I think this would do better if it was under a psyeudonym or even if it was shelved under young adult. It just didn’t fit her norm and it definitely didn’t fit the romance category for me.
The book itself was a good read it just wasn’t what I was looking for in this particular moment. When books are pitched as something and end up being something different… well, that just doesn’t sit well with me. I would’ve liked this a lot better if I had read it in a YA mood.
Jamie is still a great writer and the book is well done! So if you’re in the romance/mystery YA mood check this one out!