I picked up this book because:
A.) It was on clearance
B.) I was desperate for a book
C.) I like sugar
D.) I admired the font treatment used
What I did not expect was this book to be so incredibly:
Sarah Addison Allen, you have discovered a new fan in me. What a terrific, yet easy-to-read tale. The story is comprised of a miserably perfect, ice-queen mother; an over-weight, over-sheltered daughter; a philandering father; and the hidden, half-siblings that were kept secret. In fact the whole premise of the novel speaks of secrets that can no longer stay hidden. and human nature. And loneliness. And correcting mistakes. And pain.
‘Sometimes you weren’t supposed to share pain. Sometimes it was best just to deal with it alone.’
I really enjoyed it. It was a very honest story – even with all the fantastical, mystical aspects – which is a hard combination to write. And I enjoyed how at the end of the book, the characters found a resolutions of sorts, without the story being truly ended or wrapped up in a perfect bow.
WONDERPUG RATING: 4 stars. A lovely read; perfect for beach season, or any season really. I plan on picking up a few more Allen’s asap.