I found an advanced reader copy of this book last year at the local library's book store, and found myself drawn into the first paragraph immediately. It was only one of several books I purchased that day, and I had a stack of books on the "to be read first" pile, but this one kept calling to me. I am so thankful I listened. It consumed me, and I consumed it in 2 1/2 days (and I only read at night). I didn't want it to end, but I had to know what happened to all the people I had come to know and love. I even wanted to know what happened to those I couldn't love.
Swan is one of the most wonderful heroines I have met in a very long time. The love and support of the colorful family for each other, the lyrical writing, the rich descriptions, and the suspense-filled story line made this one of my favorites of the past year (maybe all-time). I will be re-reading this one, and have recommended it to many friends.
I look forward to reading more by Jenny Wingfield!
This book opens with a doozy of a line and I was hooked from that moment forward. I didnt want to set this one down, I just couldnt wait to get back into it and see what was going to happen next to Swan and her brothers that is one crazy set of kids!
The story starts out simple enough, with the Lake family heading back to Arkansas from Louisiana for a family reunion. An unfortunate turn of events turns the reunion into quite the tragedy, and sets the tone for a strange and revealing summer, full of learning and tragedy. I loved this book, but it was rather heartbreaking and I found myself alternating between laughter and tears at various points in the book.
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It took me awhile to settle down and read this book. I suspected from the start that it would break my heart. It is amazingly written and so easy to fall into the world this novel creates. The character development is incredible and the story will keep you turning pages way past bedtime.
I really, really enjoyed this story. One of my could-not-put-down books. If you are thinking about it...just do it. You will not be disappointed.