Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Clearing by Heather Davis
I'm not a huge fan of romance, but this story sounded so unique that I really wanted to give it a try. And I wasn't disappointed. The writing is good, the characters are sympathetic and real, and the premise is interesting. I was fascinated to watch Amy and Henry's relationship unfold, and the choices they made were strong and believable.
I thought the author did a fabulous job of creating two settings: one in today's world, and one in the 1940's. The characters felt like they'd come from those eras, and the interaction between them was intriguing. I can see teens of all ages enjoying this book. The language is clean and the few scenes with sex or drinking are PG.
There were a few things that I felt could have been explored more. I wish there had been more with Amy's former best friend, and I felt really bad for Jackson by the end of the book (which interfered with my sympathy for Amy and Henry), so I wish the author had done a bit more with him.
The only thing I really didn't like was the last page. I don’t want to completely give away the ending (even by giving a spoiler warning), so I can't make a direct comparison to another story. But the technique used on the last page has been done before, and it has never made any sense to me (logistically speaking). It conflicts with itself and feels like the author is trying too hard to create a happy ending. For me, it doesn’t work.
But hey, most time travel stories have issues. So, if you can forgive those, then you will probably like this book. :)
Labels: Books I've Learned From