Book Review

Fragments of Light by Michele Phoenix

I’ve been a fan of Michele Phoenix books since I read the heart-stopping, The Space Between Words.


Here’s what I thought of her latest, Fragments of Light:



I’ve been a fan of Michele Phoenix’s books since I read the amazing, heart-stopping book, The Space Between Words, so I was delighted to read her latest, Fragments of Light.
Although I finished reading it weeks ago, it has taken me this long to digest the book, ponder it, and allow the story to resonate. I suppose it touched me particularly because of how close Cancer has come to my friends and lately a close family member. Living through Ceelie’s experiences was both hard and rewarding. Bittersweet and yet, enlightening, giving me a new empathy and appreciation for how much the support of others means to those fighting the disease. Also, all the complex emotions that are involved, both in those fighting Cancer and in their caregivers.  The same can be said for Cal’s story. Phoenix has shed light on the horrors of war and duty in a way that touched me deeply. I hope you fall in love with Darlene as I did. She’s awesome, spunky, and wounded.

This book was well written, sensitive, and thought-provoking and in places, hilarious, and it has stayed with me weeks after I finished the last chapter. Well worth the read.


I read an ARC through NetGalley and my opinions are entirely my own.

This book releases in July 2020, YOU CAN PRE-ORDER NOW!





An impossible decision in the chaos of D-Day. Ripples that cascade seventy-five years into the present. And two lives transformed by the tenuous resolve to reach out of the darkness toward fragments of light.

Cancer stole everything from Ceelie—her peace of mind, her self-image, perhaps even her twenty-three-year marriage to her college sweetheart, Nate. Without the support of Darlene, her quirky elderly friend, she may not have been able to endure so much loss.

So when Darlene’s prognosis turns dire, Ceelie can’t refuse her seemingly impossible request—to find a WWII paratrooper named Cal, the father who disappeared when Darlene was an infant, leaving a lifetime of desolation in his wake.

The search that begins in the farmlands of Missouri eventually leads Ceelie to a small town in Normandy, where she uncovers the harrowing tale of the hero who dropped off-target into occupied France.

Alternating between Cal’s D-Day rescue by two young French sisters and Ceelie’s present-day journey through trial and heartbreak, Fragments of Light poses a timeless question: When life becomes unbearable, will you press toward the light or let the darkness win?




Raised in France by a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is an educator, writer and speaker. After teaching at an international school in Germany for 20 years, she launched her own global ministry advocating for the children of missionaries. In the margins of this work, Michèle writes novels, which have been published in the United States, Canada, Norway and Poland. She loves good conversations, French pastries, mischievous students, and paths to healing.



Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer, Biographer and Author. She loves to bring more laughter to this crazy world. She loves to uncover stories hiding in plain view, but they are remarkable nonetheless and believes that everyone has a story to tell…and sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. She teaches seniors how to write their personal stories.

Her inspirational devotional for writers, As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers released in 2016 and her debut Contemporary Romance, A Promise to Keep is out now and available here.

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.