A Gathering Light is a 'coming-of-age' book. At the turn of the century Mattie Gokey has decisions to make about her future. Mattie's mother has passed away due to breast cancer and now the management of the household falls to her. Mattie is torn between familial responsibilities, including a promise to her dead mother, aspirations of becoming a writer and the romantic interest of the neighbouring farmer's son.
Matties is working the summer after graduation at The Glenmore when a murder of a young woman occurs. This young lady has given Mattie a bundle of letters to burn. Mattie solves her dilemmas by reading these letters.
This book 'reads' so well. The reader is drawn into Mattie's life. What choice will she make?
I loved this book and I thought the inclusion of a new word to add to Mattie's vocabulary was brilliant