Let Evening Come

Fiction - Literary
388 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Let Evening Come is penned by author Yvonne Osborne in the literary style and the interpersonal drama and coming-of-age subgenres. It is best suited to adult readers owing to some scenes of a sexual nature. Our protagonist Sadie Wixom grapples with loss after her mother died in a Northern Michigan tornado, finding solace in her father's and grandfather's guidance. Meanwhile, Stefan Montegrand and his Indigenous family face displacement in western Saskatchewan due to multinational energy companies and flawed treaties. Taken in by Sadie's aunt, a human rights activist, Stefan's struggles with local authorities intersect with Sadie's growing sympathy for his cause. Their mutual attraction is complicated by cultural misunderstandings and Stefan's return to Canada to support his embroiled brother. As Sadie impulsively follows, their love story unfolds amidst suspicion, bigotry, and cultural differences on both sides of the border, navigating the challenges of young adulthood and displacement.

Author Yvonne Osborne has crafted a truly emotionally resonant novel that delves into themes of loss, displacement, and cultural conflict. The up-close and detailed portrayal of Sadie and Stefan's budding romance against the backdrop of their respective struggles was both captivating and poignant. I loved the way their unique dialogue was presented and readers will feel the dynamics between the lines. The exploration of cultural misunderstanding and the challenges faced by Indigenous communities was an incredibly poignant touch that is really focused on and never used as a gimmick, fostering genuine empathy and understanding. As the characters navigated adversity and sought connection across borders, I found myself deeply invested in their journey, rooting for their love to transcend the obstacles in their path. Overall, Let Evening Come is a recommended read and a compelling tale of love, resilience, and the human capacity to overcome adversity amidst cultural divides.