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A Scottish classic. I loved the plot. In short, I loved a lot about this book. Dislikes- For the first half of the book was disjointed, hard to follow, and a trifle boring. Honestly, I lost who was speaking and what was happening so many times I nearly gave up. The second half is great! Jared was too evil. He needed- like one redeemable characteristic? And he was also the only permanently evil character — everyone knows there must have been more of his kind somewhere.
But we missed the actual moment. But they started to annoy me. Cliffhangers are great, but flow is great too! I need a sequel! Oh, and Mrs. Tubs- a little Ottawa boy who One of our loner-male-characters adopts-ish. Izzy as a mom. Keep up the trees! Gikto as a dad or adoptive dad. And more small children! I need more kids! This book is beautifully written and completely different from anything I have ever read before.
This could partially be due to it being slightly off-set from my typical preferred genre, but I think it was more than that. There are fantasy elements to this novel, but they are extremely subtle. And while it boasts no dragons or magic or dark lords of evil intent on conquering the world or… are there…? The characters truly step off the page. Perhaps it is because Izzy feels more like a real person than a caricature, as can often be the case with first person present tense stories.
She is a character who is unsure of who she is, she has holes in her memory and cannot remember anything prior to coming to live at Gudwyne cottage—though she knows she was burned in a bad fire at some point before then, she has the scars and the memories of being cared for after they happened, but she does not know how or why she was burned. And yet, her uncertainties do not define her. She is not crippled by her doubts and fears, but works to overcome them, and even uses them to spur herself on when faced with adversity. Though he is only 8 years her senior, he has been taking care of her since she was seven years old.
Back then, Izzy gave him permission to keep her past a secret, to hold her memories for her. However, in spite of her curiosity, she is unprepared for the truth. When she sees a glimpse of what has been hidden from her, Izzy is not sure she will ever recover… or see Jonathan the same way again. But events are transpiring swiftly, and before she can begin to cope with the fragments of her stolen past that are returning, she finds herself thrust into a new adventure across the ocean to the New World, where the rest of her history and heritage lie waiting for her to claim them, as well as her rightful place among her true people.
There were moments in this story that made me laugh out loud. Izzy has a no-nonsense, self-deprecating sense of humor, and her stray thoughts are often truly amusing. There were moments in this story that got me a little choked up. And there were moments in this story that had me sobbing uncontrollably and incapable of reading further until I could clear my eyes of the tears that made the pages swim into an unreadable jumble of blurry letters.
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There were surprises, and adventures, and a beautiful Christian message of forgiveness and salvation woven throughout the story in a way that was both gentle and not-at-all-preachy or allegorical. Jan 09, R. I loved her journey of finding herself something most young women can identify with and how she wasn't typical looking. She has lots of scars from severe burns when she was little, and she's not super skinny!!! You won't hear it from me ; -Jonathan. This is my favorite sort of book hero.
The guy who's selfless and wonderful and still manages to not be quite perfect. He's close--and that will be expanded a little under the dislikes section--but he's still amazing.
It was always so lavishly described, and felt very real. I loved the misty feel of the manor in England, the haunted feeling of the old ruins, the blurry, cold sensation of America This kid.
Like he's precious and sweet and adorable and all that good stuff I love Tubs. And yeah, I know this should go with their characters, but I just absolutely love the adopted sibling dynamic. That's another of my favorite things to find in fiction--the beautiful sibling relationships between two kids who maybe aren't really siblings, but are close enough to make it seem like it.