Title: The Light Between Worlds
Author: 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.
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The Light Between Worlds is a re-telling of C.S. Lewis’s famous The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it is not at the same time.
A Woodlands heart always finds its way home.
While the premise is three siblings find an entrance to a fairytale land called the Woodlands, there is so much more depth to this re-telling we don’t necessarily get to experience in the original masterpiece.
The story starts during the war where the three children find themselves running for survival to their bomb shelter. Being scared, they find themselves at the entrance of a land called the Woodlands. Greeted by a Stag, Cervus, they soon adapt to life in another war-torn country, but in the hopes of helping this one strive for the betterment of the inhabitants. Eventually, after a well-lived life in the Woodlands, the siblings find themselves back in the bomb shelter of the war they were trying to escape. Leaving a land of peace, they find themselves struggling to adapt to a life they were once familiar with. Truly, this is a story of selflessness, dealing with depression, and finding the strength to become your own person.
I love Philippa. She grew so so much throughout the novel! Being a Philippa hater at the beginning of the novel, I actually grew to love her more. She was the dynamic character of the novel and by the end, I felt Evelyn was more the static character. Her romance with Jack (insert googly eyes here) is perfectly imperfect. What I love most is his is not this beautifully depicted person of appearance. He has scars and imperfections, but those imperfections and who he is on the inside make him so attractive. I ship them so hard! Not only that, but Jack makes Philippa comfortable being her true self.
What I find to be really interesting is that we actually don’t really know anything about the Woodlands. We hear about it and how it shaped the rest of the lives of Evelyn, Philippa, and Jamie, but we don’t really get to actually picture the landscape and their lives while at Palace Beautiful. I wish we would’ve gotten to see a glimpse into that life…maybe with an epilogue or something? It would have been interesting to see Jamie’s perspective, as well.
I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. I don’t feel completely resolved. I understand why it happened like it did, but I think I needed an epilogue or something to satisfy my needs.