Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “A Brighter Flame” by Christine Nolfi, Lake Union Publishing, September 27, 2022

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Christine Nolfi, the author of “A Brighter Flame” has written a memorable and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this novel are friendship fiction, family fiction, sister fiction, and women’s romance fiction. The author describes her colorful and dramatic characters as complex and complicated. In this novel, there are secrets, betrayals, dysfunctional family dynamics, and unanswered questions. I appreciate that Christine Nolfi discusses important topics as infertility, communication, the importance of family, friends, and neighbors, forgiveness, second chances, hope and love.

Vale’s dreams literally go up in smoke, when the bar that she and her dad owned together is destroyed by fire. Vale realizes that she has to make decisions when she is told that her dad didn’t renew the insurance. Vale speaks to her grandmother and realizes that she can help her grandmother out.

Blythe, Vale’s half sister is distraught and and faced with a terrible situation, so she heads to her grandmother’s house to decide how to handle her situation. Blythe isn’t sharing why she is so upset with her grandmother. Her husband is a baseball player that has to travel.

Both Blythe and Vale share the same mother, but have been estranged for quite a while. Vale has been avoiding seeing their mother, and has resentment. Can you imagine when both sisters discover that they are visiting at the same time? Could this be an opportunity for healing their relationship, and making new memories? Can this be a time for forgiving, and second chances?

I love the way that Christine Nolfi vividly describes the characters, events, the plot and the scenery. I felt emotionally connected to both sisters. I highly recommend this wonderful and heartfelt book to others.


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