The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.
When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.
Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.
Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.
But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.
Content warnings are available via the author’s website.
I will admit that this isn’t my favorite type of book to read, but I ended up liking this one. The writing was really beautiful.
Three young siblings were hiding in a bomb shelter in London when everything changed. The youngest, Evelyn, was asking to be taken away from there and all three children ended up in a different world. They were met by a stag that promised them that if they stayed, they could return home when they wanted and no time would have passed. Phillipa and Jamie were harder to convince, but they stayed. They were helping The Woodlanders, trying to prevent a war. They spent years there before Phillipa and Jamie made the decision for them to return. They didn’t ask Evelyn and Phillipa guilted her into going back home with them.
But home to Evelyn was The Woodlands. After returning back to London, Evelyn was never the same. Phillipa took it upon herself to keep an eye on Evelyn. She had to remind her to put on a coat in the winter, to eat and sleep at times, and to try to live. Evelyn hurt herself and was just a shell of who she used to be. Phillipa finally had enough and went to college in the US. Evelyn returned to school, but still struggled. She escaped to the woods often, but that wasn’t enough. Her heart was torn between her siblings and The Woodlands. She met a boy that helped for awhile, but it wasn’t enough.
Evelyn disappears and no one knows if she killed herself, drowned in the river, or if she was out there somewhere. Phillipa comes back to London and finds a job where she meets a boy. She stays busy at the art museum, but she misses her sister and needs to find out what happened to her.
The book goes back and forth in time. The first half is told by Evelyn and the second half is told by Phillipa. There are so many moments that are heartbreaking.
Definitely check out the author’s page for WARNINGS. I will say that there is self harm, talk of suicide, and depression throughout the book.
I gave this book 4 stars. It was a surprising read for me. It was slow paced, but I read it quickly which isn’t normal for me with slower paced books.
Have you read this book yet? We will be having a live chat with Laura in TBR and Beyond next month. I hope you join us!