Past Darkness by Laurel Woiwode

03 May 2013
Past darkness is appropriately titled, as the story is in no way light and fluffy. Gabrielle loses her parents as a teen and the novel is about how she deals with her grief over the coming years. She ends up on the Dakota plains, finding a connection with horses, but less and less of one with people. It is a touching tale of loss, grief, and coming out of the pain. The author is a beautiful storyteller, weaving words together in such a way that it pulls you in. The descriptions of Gabrielle's surroundings are so vivid, you feel you are right there with her. I enjoyed the book very much overall, but the pacing was very slow.This is a pet peeve for me, as a book has to move along to hold my interest. I did finish it though and very much enjoyed the story. Any fan of young adult fiction would likely enjoy Past Darkness.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Past Darkness
Crossway (April 30, 2013)
Laurel Woiwode


Laurel Woiwode graduated with honors from Jamestown College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in both English and History. She works with ESL students, writes movie reviews at, works on writing and editing projects, and is always ready for outdoor adventures. Laurel grew up in rural North Dakota, has had an avid interest in animals, nature, and literature since childhood, and she is the author of Past Darkness.


Gabrielle Larson is an average, 15 year old girl living in Chicago when tragedy strikes. In the aftermath, she is forced to relocate to rural North Dakota and henceforth spends the next chapter of her life learning to cope with trials involving everything from family to faith. Laurel Woiwode, daughter of critically acclaimed novelist Larry Woiwode, offers here a moving story that will be appreciated by female and male readers alike. Past Darkness is not preachy or heavy-handed, but rather a touching story about the importance of family, the power of music, and the ever-present mercy of God.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Past Darkness, go HERE,

I received a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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