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Like Sapphire Blue Review

While maybe not perfect, I found this to be such a beautiful and touching read.

Rating: 4/5

“Your eyes are amazing. I’ve never seen a blue like that.”

Emma Landry is tough, independent, beautiful, and smart. Being an outcast unable to identify with her classmates, she was willing to do whatever it takes to climb her way out of poverty.

“What color would you say they are?”

Like Sapphire Blue

Having never known a mother’s love, her father “Bear”, raised her on the wrong side of the tracks in a wealthy town.

When success beckons, the woman she’s been in love with is, finally, within her grasp. Life is now worth living and loving. That is, until a dark family secret is revealed. A secret tied into the very fabric of who she is, and what she spent a lifetime working to overcome.

Faced with a foundation shattering treachery, Emma finds herself at the crossroads. Can she overcome a destiny stronger than death, destitution, and murder, to prove she is more than just her father’s daughter? Or will this new knowledge lead her to destroy the world she’s spent a lifetime building?


Thank you, Breakeven Books for the gifted copy of LIKE SAPPHIRE BLUE by Marisa Billions!

You know what one of my favorite things about this community is? It drives me to pick up books I might not have on my own. This is one of them. A quick look at the synopsis, I don’t know if it would have caught my attention enough to want to read it.

But when a fellow friend and indie author messages me asking if I want to read this to help with a book tour, how could I say no?

And I genuinely enjoyed reading this one!

I found this to be an enjoyable, fairly easy-flowing read. And it gave me vibes of Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner, more specifically the older sister in that particular book. But also in terms of how the writing style is not just the story we see.

Primarily told in a series of flashbacks, we truly get to see the life of our main character, Emma, and how she grew up with nothing but still managed to build a life for herself. Her story felt so real. I wanted to just hug her as we see the struggles she had to face. She was such a strong female character, and we get to see her blossom as she discovers herself and determines the type of person she wants to be. We see her struggle with her sexuality and being accepted. I loved following Emma.

While maybe not perfect, I found this to be such a beautiful and touching read. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a contemporary, coming-of-age, sapphic story!


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