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The Speed of Light by Elissa Grossell Dickey

"Five stars, read it start to finish-skip the dishes-stay up late- perfectly written really, really great book!"

—Books and Pens on Green Gables

The Speed of Light by Elissa Grossell Dickey

When I was asked to read and review this book, I thought right away that I might feel a connection to it because the main character has MS and I have a family member with MS. I was not prepared for how AMAZING this book is!

I am in awe that this is Elissa Grossell Dickey's first book! WOW! So excited that next on my reading list is her second book, Iris In The Dark. I started it this morning-also great so far!

OK-back to The Speed of Light. I was hooked right away by the description of being inside the MRI machine. Perfectly described!

Another thing I loved was the friendship between Simone and Nikki. Those kinds of friendships are priceless.

Living in a snowy state-I also completely got the car by the side of the road in a blizzard scene. And the feeling of danger when someone came to the window. Yikes.

The feelings, the deep emotional feelings of Simone are perfectly recorded throughout this book. It is like the author was able to put on paper the things we feel but can't put into words ourselves.

Seriously, friends, The Speed of Light is in the running for one of my favorite books! (and, I have reviewed nearly 400 books!)

You can buy it here (affiliate link)-

If my review hasn't convinced to you READ THIS BOOK, here's the official blurb.

A compelling and provocative debut novel told in intersecting timelines over a tumultuous, defining year in one woman’s life. Simone is trying her best not to think of what she’s lost. Diagnosed with MS, she awaits the results of another anxiety-inducing MRI. She’s just walked away from Connor, “a fixer” but possibly the love of her life. And nearing the holidays, the sights and sounds of winter in South Dakota only prick memories of better years gone by. Then, on a December morning at the university where she works, jarring gunshots pierce the halls. In a temporary safe place and terrified, Simone listens and pretends this will all be over soon. As she waits for silence, her mind racing, Simone’s past year comes into focus. Falling in love and missing it. Finding strength in family and enduring friendships. Planning for the future, fearing it, and hoping against hope in dark places. Her life has been changing at the speed of light, and each crossroad brought Simone here, to this day, to endure the things she can’t control and to confront those that she can.


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