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Lanterns in the Dark 6. Ravello series

   (7 reviews)
Genres: General Fiction
Sub-genres: Drama, Coming of Age

A novel in twelve chapters.

Summer again. Thirteen-year-old Daniele Ferrero reaches out to Marco, a lonely and vulnerable boy who has lost his only friends. Meanwhile, teenage couple Toto and Michele take stock of their future, and Gianni and Angelo suffer a loss.

There’s trouble in paradise for all concerned. What truths will be revealed when darkness falls?

This story contains spoilers for all the other books in this series, but particularly ‘Dani the Hero’, to which it is a direct sequel. As ever, I would recommend reading the earlier stories first.
Copyright © 2022 James Carnarvon; All Rights Reserved.

Story Recommendations (10 members)

  • Action Packed 6
  • Addictive/Pacing 9
  • Characters 10
  • Chills 4
  • Cliffhanger 5
  • Compelling 9
  • Feel-Good 10
  • Humor 6
  • Smoldering 4
  • Tearjerker 5
  • Unique 9
  • World Building 7

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Table of Contents
  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 6,354 Words
  • 2. Chapter 2
    • 5,829 Words
  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 5,346 Words
  • 4. Chapter 4
    • 6,708 Words
  • 5. Chapter 5
    • 5,323 Words
  • 6. Chapter 6
    • 5,293 Words
  • 7. Chapter 7
    • 7,350 Words
  • 8. Chapter 8
    • 5,510 Words
  • 9. Chapter 9
    • 6,000 Words
  • 10. Chapter 10
    • 6,156 Words
  • 11. Chapter 11
    • 4,820 Words
  • 12. Chapter 12
    • 4,646 Words

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Growing up is never easy, especially for kids of all ages, as the vagaries of life constantly challenge, not only what you knew and what you thought you knew.

A fantastic coming of age story that will keep you enthralled, as we once again find ourselves in Ravello, wandering the sleepy back alleyways and hidden passages, as our protagonists face the challenges that await them! 

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

@James Carnarvon's works stimulate the senses. One rejoices in the sound of the ever-present cicadas in their daily scraping; in the smell of the oleanders and fragrant grape vines; in the taste of the lemons, aubergines and tomatoes which flavour so much of daily life in Ravello; in the touch of the light breeze or the scorching midday sun; and in the sight of the beauty of nature which abounds. 

Another journey to Ravello is like experiencing a myriad of pleasures all at the same time. The regular “cast” Gianni, Angelo, Claudia, Toto, Michele are back and welcome the return of Giacomo, Emilia, Marco and Dani, the superhero who once again proves to be pivotal in the lives of so many.

I shall not reveal any of the plot in my review as to do so would ruin the feast to be had in reading this most wondrous of books. Ebullient, poignant, beautiful and enriching; the rewards reaped in reading this delight are bountiful, much like reading its predecessors in the Ravello series.  

Response from the author:

A ‘superhero’ whose power is empathy 😅. Readers seeking a Marvel-style story should look elsewhere.

Thank you for the lovely review!

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

A teen summer vacation story which will recall memories for every reader.  Long languid days,  humid nights, friends, family, community, loss, first love … beautifully written .



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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Another great Ravello story. When I read these I always feel as if I am getting glimpses of real people's lives in this beautiful part of Italy. The theme of this one is friendship and how it inevitably changes as teenagers grow up, experiencing the ups and downs of first love and new emotions they don't quite understand yet.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Dani and Giaco start the summer in Ravello happily boating with friends.  They even rescue three illegal immigrants from Africa, Sami (a 7 year old orphan) and his aunt and uncle.  It goes down from there as Dani seems loses his friendships one by one with disastrous kisses, and the unexpected insecurities and feelings common to their age group.  He feels alone, especially when two of his older friends break up.  You will feel the emotions he feels as he faces the future, faces danger, and finally rebuilds his life, back with his friends.  This is another beautiful Ravello story by @James Carnarvon that you will love.  

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

A summer in Ravello that starts out great, but not everything runs smoothly.

Our superhero Dani is growing up, but this summer is not easy for him. He has long days, family, friends and first love to deal with.

Our other residents of Ravello, have there own issues to deal with, loss.

But you need to read this 6th installment to find out what happens to the residents of Ravello.

Once again a fantastic story, that comes highly recommended.

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

For those who haven't read this story I say that you should read it, you don't know what you're missing out on. This is another story in the Ravello Series and it does not disappoint. A summer of teenage woes, worries and tensions that will take you on a ride with more ups and downs than any fairground ride can, don't forget your tissues, they will be needed. Enjoy this summer of adventures as Dani discovers his true 'super power', healing friendships. I recommend this story but remember, your heartstrings will definitely be tugged in many different directions.

Response from the author:

Thank you once again! I'm currently hard at work carrying out edits on the third volume in my 'Dani trilogy', and I'm becoming desperately impatient to start sharing it with you all. In the meantime, the next couple of published Ravello stories provide a sidestep or two...

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