Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Review: Dandelion Summer

"Dandelion Summer" by Lisa Wingate

"All her life, Epiphany Jones has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, with the death of Mrs. Lora - the family friend who took Epie into her home - the sixteen-year-old must move to Dallas to live with her indifferent mother and new stepfather. Trapped in the low-rent area of Blue Sky Hill, Epie doesn't fit in - and soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law. To make restitution, she's sent to work in another place she's not wanted: a home on the upscale streets of the Hill.

When J. Norman Alvord learns that his daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons, he's determined to nix the arrangement. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie's presence, Norman finds a mystery. Deep in his mind lie memories of another house, another life, and a young black woman, a housekeeper, who saved him...

As summer comes to Blue Sky Hill, two residents from different worlds will journey through a turbulent past and find that with an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns come a life-changing friendship... and the clues to a family secret hidden for a lifetime."

I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this book. On the second chapter, I was a little lost until I realized that the book moves from Norman's first person view to Epiphany's first person view. Once that was established, it was smooth sailing. It was interesting to see the type of relationship Norm and his daughter had. It was equally interesting to see the relationship between Epie and her mom. I love mysteries and this was a unique way of twisting real life with unanswered questions and clues. A++ is my rating!

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