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In the Light of What We See by [Painter, Sarah]
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I was completely transfixed by this book from the opening pages. Caught within the same four walls of a hospital but separated by time, kindred spirits Mina Morgan and Grace Kemp have visions showing them things no one else can see. Their journeys to decode their meaning and understand the urgency of their messages are enthralling, and as I reached the final chapters, it was a story I sacrificed several good nights’ sleep for!

The book starts in August 2014 with twenty-nine-year-old Mina waking up in hospital with no idea of how she got there. She learns she’s been in a near-fatal car accident and now suffers from amnesia. We accompany her as she battles to unlock her memories, unsure of what to believe and who to trust. The author, Sarah Painter, then adeptly interweaves Mina’s story with Grace’s, who in August 1938 was in the same hospital.

The turmoil, danger and heartbreak facing both Mina and Grace build to a dramatic climax, and I was gripped by their extraordinary bond. Despite being generations apart, these two women experience emotional conflicts that were both easy to relate to and timeless—universal struggles that have stayed with me long after finishing the book.

- Sammia Hamer, Editor


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Brighton, 1938: Grace Kemp is pushed away by the family she has shamed. Rejected and afraid, she begins a new life as a nurse. But danger stalks the hospital too, and she’ll need to be on her guard to avoid falling into familiar traps. And then there are the things she sees…Strange portents that have a way of becoming real.

Eighty years later, Mina Morgan is brought to the same hospital after a near-fatal car crash. She is in terrible pain but recalls nothing. She’s not even sure whom to trust. Mina too sees things that others cannot, but now, in hospital, her visions are clearer than ever…

Two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a shared space and a common need to salvage their lives.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2889 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0157ZIX6U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I bought this as my Kindle First book of the month and I was utterly delighted with it. This story alternates between two independant women harbouring personnel tragedy and grief, set 80 years apart but in the same hospital. From Mina to Grace & Grace to Mina.. You are bounced between the tale of two simple British women that harbour so much pain internally. This is an unexpectedly haunting description of what seems like two very plausible stories.
Their stories are touching and sometimes frightening, but author Sarah Painter writes engaging storylines and this is an easy read, hard to put down and with a twist of the magical. Truly, beautiful and exceptionally subtle yet profound - the author has managed to achieve this while dealing with deep and significant life events in both these ladies lives.
Trying to piece Mina's memories together was such a unique way to read the story and unfold her truth and made the story feel far more dynamic then you'd imagine. Grace on the other hand is totally lucid and stoic and her story so incredibly sad, that you feel her channeling her grief and fear into her physical work as a nurse. "Something was broken inside her, Grace knew, with the certainty brought by pain and fear. Something had snapped and would never be repaired."
"I wasn’t capable of feeling any more guilt than I already was. The guilt had consumed me. It was everything and I was it." I particularly liked Grace's friend Evie very much, she had real hutzpah and get up and go and added a lightness to the story which was needed.
Things get really interesting when the two finally intersect, the hints of the paranormal take on a stronger force in the last half of the book. The only dialogue between Mina and Grace consisted of ‘Why do I see you?
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Having red the previous reviews I decided to read it as I enjoy books that are written in 2 different eras. I was however a bit disappointed with this book. It was an easy read and the flow between the 2 eras worked well. I did not like the Mina character. I thought she was too self centered and only worried about herself and her own feelings. Overall a good read but not worth 4 or 5 stars.
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This is a gripping book covering a period in history and the present time. I found it a little hard to get into and nearly gave up but persevere as it is such a great read. The story moves from Grace, a nurse in the 1930's to Mina who is in a coma following a car accident. They each have premonitions of danger - for Grace the story weaves around her time as a nurse and the unwarranted attentions of a violent doctor whilst with Mina she can't remember what has happened in her past with her boyfriend who equally turns out to be a violent man. Intriguing and full of twists it is an interesting story.
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By Jill Higham TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 October 2016
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The story goes back and forth between Mina, a young scientist in the present day and Grace, a student nurse in the early 30s. I wasn't too sure about the harbingers of doom, but I did feel genuine concern for both of them and I wasn't confident that everything would turn out all right. Skilfully written and kept me invested till the end.
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Well written, enjoyed the two stories it was so good I'd love to know more of the 2 main character lives, particularly Grace, being in a time where woman had 2 choices, marry or become a nurse to leave home. Would love to see Grace's story explored in another book. Well worth the read
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I really enjoyed this book. Beautiful, human characters with human flaws (I love this in a story). I really expected the story to take a completely different turn than it did, which made me love the book even more.
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This is the first book by Sarah Painter that I have read, and I love her writing style. I couldn't wait to get to the next page. Although I found the last few chapter a little anti-climactic it was, over all, a great read.
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Really enjoyed the different perspective and the characters.

Unusual story and something out of the ordinary, lots of twists and turns, keeps you guessing
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