Drenched in Light

Drenched in Light

by Lisa Wingate

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Overview

A woman struggling to find her way forward discovers hope in her bond with a troubled young girl in this heartfelt novel in the Tending Roses series from the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours.

Once a gifted ballet dancer, Julia Costell understands the joy of body and soul lost in a perfect moment. But after buckling under the demands of a professional dance career, she’s landed with a thud in an unglamorous job as a guidance counselor at a performing arts school. Living back home with her parents and feeling lost, Julia is afraid she’ll never soar again—until the day young Dell Jordan is sent to her office.

In Dell’s writing, Julia recognizes not only her own despair, but also luminous sparks of hope. But as Julia fights to forge a brighter future for one disadvantaged student, she is drawn into startling undercurrents of conflict and denial within the academy. Now, as she is tested in ways she never imagined, Julia begins to discover that even though her life has seemed off course, she’s been on the right path all along...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984804228
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Tending Roses , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 24,355
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lisa Wingate is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. She is known for combining elements of Southern storytelling, mystery, and history to create novels hailed by Publishers Weekly as “masterful.” Her novel Before We Were Yours remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for over five months and has been translated into thirty-five languages. While her work has received many awards, she most treasures the National Civics Award, presented by the kindness watchdog organization Americans for More Civility, to recognize public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. She believes that stories can change the world.

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Drenched in Light 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Love how the Tending Roses series honor the influence of grandmothers.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julia gives up professional dance career, suffered from eating disorder, now lives with her folks who watch her every bite of food, and got a job as a school counselor. Fights for her students, almost loses job, helps Dell in her classes, finds fulfilment....
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
See? There is some women's fiction I like. It's the one genre, though, where the subject matter makes the difference for me. In any other genre--mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, etc.--the subject doesn't usually change my opinion of a book, at least not more than marginally. It's usually the writing, and the author's voice that I respond to. I'm going to have to think about why the subject matters to me in women's fiction.Drenched in Light is the 4th book in the Tending Roses series. I haven't read Tending Roses; I liked Good Hope Road very much; didn't like The Language of Sycamores; and really liked this one. Perhaps the difference is that Good Hope Road and Drenched in Light are more about beginnings.Julia is working as a guidance counselor in a performing arts middle school, after years of eating disorders destroyed her career as a dancer. She's been coasting along, mourning her lost career and chafing against her parents' solicitude--feeling sorry for herself, in short. Then her sister gets pregnant, accelerating her wedding plans; a young girl (Dell, from the previous books) who's a gifted musician is failing her classes and the administration wants her out of the school--not least because she's not "the right sort"; and it becomes more and more obvious that there's a drug problem in the school that everyone is denying.All those things make Julia focus on someone other than herself and her own problems, and she ends up discovering passion and drive for something besides dance. Especially important was that she took responsibility for her actions and decisions, both in the present and in the past.The feeling of hope at the end of Drenched in Light is, I think, what women's fiction books in general are aiming for.
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Drenched in Light was a very uplifting, inspring book. I loved the characters and Ms. Wingate's development of them. A couple of the characters I had read about in another of Ms. Wingate's books, Tending Roses, which I also loved. In fact, I have bought all four books in her "Tending Roses" series. Her characters were real-to-life and the story line very believable and heart tugging.
TEXASBOOKREADER More than 1 year ago
This was the 1st Wingate book I have read and now I am hooked!! She is a very talented writer. Cant wait to read more!!! Good read for teens or for adults.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit it. I couldn't put the book down. I really appreciated the underlying theme of the struggle involved in doing the right thing, and I appreciated the insight into how families make life complicated sometimes. AND it's a great read that makes you feel like life ain't so bad after all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Drenched In Light, Lisa Wingate enters the world of a performing arts high school, providing a backdrop for a story that is compelling, thought-provoking, and entirely entertaining. In telling the story of newly-hired guidance counselor, Julia Costell, Wingate examines the challenges modern teens face in the complex, and sometimes dangerous world of modern high school. While helping students navigate the pitfalls of drugs, performance pressure, and the search for self, Julia recognizes her own childhood struggles and unearths the causes of her self-destructive eating disorder. Julia's eyes open to new possibilities as she becomes a mentor to Dell Jordan, a talented musician and daughter of a drug-addicted mother. In helping Dell, Julia comes to realize that the joy of inner satisfaction far outweighs outer perfection, in a story that looks at issues from both a teen and adult point of view. Ultimately, Drenched In Light is a well-written tale that celebrates hope, friendship, mentoring, and the human spirit. An excellent read for families to share and discuss, and one that will not disappoint her many fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ballet dancer Julia Costell had a promising career but collapsed under the incredible pressure after suffering an eating disorder caused by a retort from her ballet instructor. She managed to land in Kansas City as a guidance counselor at Harrington Arts Academy, a magnet school for talented middle year students in the performing arts. Julia knows first hand that those with wealth have a monster edge in the admittance program as they can afforded the best private tutors, which leads her to wonder how thirteen years old Dell Jordan, daughter of a dead addict, made the cut.-------------------------- Counseling Dell, who struggles with the academic classes, Julia recognizes a talented but frightened young lady with no support system in other words she sees her as a young teen with potential to go far as a ballerina but had no support system. They forge a relationship in which Julia helps Dell cope and improve her grades while Dell introduces Julia to an after-school program for underprivileged kid. In spite of her dedication, Julia is in trouble of losing her job when her supervisor demands she apologize for trying to help a student using drugs as the truth need not apply when money is involved.------------------ Though too many of life lessons come together at the same time overwhelming the reader and Julia, the lead character learns through the school of hard knocks what is important and what is not. Dell proves to be her catalyst that turns her introspective so that she can see inside herself how others perceive her. Fans of a deep character study will want to read DRENCHED IN LIGHT as Lisa Wingate writes about the downside caused by internal and external pressure of performing.-------------- Harriet Klausner