Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.
When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.
Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.
Light in the Wound is a book written over a life time. There are many ups and down, twists and turns. While a good deal of the book centers on Isa, Jesse and even Alex, it’s so much more than a love triangle. It is one girl’s struggle to find love. In any and all forms.
Let’s start off with Isa’s family. Fucked up is the only appropriate term. Her mom… Well, lets not start there. Isa has two sisters whom she’s very close to. When things turn sour between her mother and father, Isa’s two sisters are taken by her father while she is sent to live with her mother/maternal grandparents. I didn’t get this. I still don’t fully understand. How do you just split up siblings like that? And no one beats an eye. Err, doesn’t make sense to me. Her is poor little Isa having to deal with her pill popping, man eating mother alone while her two sisters live with daddy dearest. I just don’t get it. It boggles my mind and seems utterly unrealistic. Isa’s father isn’t a very prominent character. We learn some about him early on in the book and then he magically appears again at the end. Other than that he’s pretty much a non-issue. Her mother on the other hand, is always around. Usually doing something ridiculous, including spending way too much money and popping prescription pills. It’s quite obvious that all Isa ever wanted was to be loved, especially by her mother.
What is love? I can tell you what love isn’t. It isn’t Jesse Cain. I did not like that boy. He seemed…abusive. Not physically mind you. Anyone who dictates what you wear and the extra-curricular activities you participate is abusive in my book. He just had entirely too much say and was extremely selfish. Needless to say I was 100% team Alex. He never gave up on Isa and fought to show her just how beautiful she was regardless of the clothes she wore. The push and pull between the two boys spanned almost a decade. Isa’s relationship with Jesse made my skin crawl at times. I realize that he felt he had a lot to prove, but holy hell man, you have a girl who loves you just the way you are. Get over what other people think of you. Get over it! You have nothing more to prove. Too ambitious, that boy…
I had a hard time connecting with the characters. The only one I felt remotely close to was Alex. He seemed the most down to earth. For most of the story I wanted to shake Isa – repeatedly. She was so blinded by her love for Jesse that she couldn’t see what he was doing to her. She gave up EVERYTHING for him. Love makes you do some funny things.
Even though the connection was low and the story took some time to get through, it was over all a well written, interesting read. The story stretches from early childhood into adulthood, spanning not only time but various emotions. It’s a rollercoaster ride. Christine’s novel isn’t an easy read that you just pick up on a whim and fly through. It’s heavy reading. It’ll take some time to get through and you may find yourself needing a nudge through a few sections, but it’s worth it. Honest it is.