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The splendor falls
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2009
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  Booklist Review

At 17, Sylvie Davis is already a professional ballerina, but a broken leg destroys her career. Her mother's honeymoon sends Sylvie from Manhattan to Alabama, where her deceased father's cousin is restoring the family's ancestral home. Despite her pain, physical and emotional, her surroundings spark her. She feels a connection to the land, to her father, and to the mysterious history that surrounds the house. There's also no denying the attraction between Sylvie and two young men, one from Wales working on a dig, the other a local boy whose family is intertwined with hers. But what disconcerts her most are the ghosts she both sees and feels. Unfortunately, the story's strongest points are buried in too many pages and in Sylvie's habit of telling readers almost as much about her dog's reactions to events as her own. On the plus side, Clement-Moore provides an atmospheric tale with a complex heroine who clears the way for possibilities in her own life with as much determination as she clears her father's garden.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Clement-Moore forsakes her Maggie Quinn series to craft a stand-alone Southern Gothic with a Celtic flairand leading man. After an injury destroys 19-year-old Sylvie's ballet career and she gets drunk at her mother's wedding, she finds herself and her dog shipped down to her dead father's Alabama family, complete with huge estate-cum-inn and resident ghosts. The local teens wield an inordinate amount of power, their cute leader wants Sylvie and Welsh guest Rhys infuriates and attracts in equal measure. The mythological and historical groundinglegendary Welsh prince Madoc; natural magic; hidden journals; family secretsis excellent, artfully shared via conversation when exposition is necessary, although Sylvie's resistance to admitting the paranormal drags on a bit given all the hints. The dialogue displays the author's trademark wit and zip, especially when Sylvie and her aunt's business partner's daughter spar. By digging upliterally and figurativelyher family's past, Sylvie begins to heal and move past her accident. Long, satisfying and just chilling enough, this will please a wide audience and leave readers hoping for more. (author's note) (Fantasy/mystery. 13 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Can love last beyond the grave?<br> <br> Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can't dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie's pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father's death, and what's breaking her spirit is her mother's remarriage--a union that's only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.<br> <br> Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother' s solution for Sylvie's unhappiness. Her father's cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family's history. And that's where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can't stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys--a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin's--has a hold on her that she doesn't quite understand.<br> <br> Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie's lost nearly everything--is she starting to lose her mind as well?<br> <br> "Lush with Southern atmosphere, The Splendor Falls expertly weaves together romance, tension, and mystery. Haunting and unforgettable!" --Carrie Ryan, bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth<br> <br> "Sylvie's voice is sharp and articulate, and Clement-Moore . . . anchors the story in actual locations and history. . . . Her ear for both adolescent bitchery and sweetness remains sure, and her ability to write realistic, edgy dialogue without relying on obscenity or stereotype is a pleasure."- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> "Long, satisfying and just chilling enough, this will please a wide audience and leave readers hoping for more."- Kirkus Reviews
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