A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family #5)

 
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A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family #5)
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12+
Release Date
May 01, 1980
ISBN
0374362998
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After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He’s very sick, and watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate matters, she finds herself as the center of attention for three very different boys.

Zachary Grey, the troubled and reckless boy Vicky met last summer, wants her all to himself as he grieves the loss of his mother. Leo Rodney has been just a friend for years, but the tragic loss of his father causes him to turn to Vicky for comfort—and romance. And then there’s Adam Eddington. Adam is only asking Vicky to help with his research on dolphins. But Adam—and the dolphins—may just be what Vicky needs to get through this heartbreaking summer.

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In high school, I probably would have flown through additional books about Vicky with as much fervor as readers today were sucked into each new Harry Potter book. Sadly, as an adult, I instead found myself a little impatient with Vicky in A Ring of Endless Light. Her family loves her. Two boys have been attracted to her. And, at the end of The Moon by Night, she knew who she was. Forgive me if I thought that A Ring of Endless Light, present a more mature Vicky. Yet Vicky is not quite sixteen. She is facing a funeral for the first time. She’s also facing death upfront and personal for the first time, in that her grandfather is dying of leukemia. And then there’s the dilemma of boys. Now she has three suitors! Leo, the son of old friend Commander Rodney, needs her in the face of his father’s death. Zachary is back, having flirted with suicide and needing her help holding the broken pieces of his life together. And then there’s new boy Adam, a friend of John, who asks for her help with—of all things—dolphin research. A previous love interest, Andy, has dropped out of the picture with no explanation. Despite my moments of impatience with Vicky, I still do like A Ring of Endless Light. Vicky has finally found a talent: creative writing. Adam turns out to be someone with whom she might just develop her first serious relationship. And throughout her encounters with death and love, Vicky must explore even more deeply what it means to live a life in God. For example, what does it mean to choose between light and dark? What burdens should we accept as servants of God? What is the purpose of prayer? And how much exactly does God involve Himself in our lives? Vicky faces a lot of choices in A Ring of Endless Light. The culmination of those choices makes for my favorite part of the book.
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