“What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?
Alia Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery, vibrant, yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Alia’s reach. When Juliet dies, Alia and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream-vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances” or what will slip away next-but the people of Sterling have always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible. As the next Disappearance nears, Alia finds herself increasingly entangled in the lives and loyalties of Sterling-and in the affections of William, the handsome, off-limits son of her caretakers. But when she discovers a trial of clues her mother left behind about the Disappearances, Alia has to decide how much of the truth she wants to find, and what she’s willing to risk to clear her mother’s name. Because one thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to give up anyone’s secrets without a price.”
This book was something that I don’t think that I have ever read before. This book was one of the very few magical realism books that I have actually enjoyed (for the most part.)
This book had a very interesting concept and it was done very well. Typically with magical realism books, I have a hard time getting into the story but with this one, I was hooked right from the beginning.
First of all, I loved the setting of this book. It takes place in New England (which is where I am from) and I always love reading books that take place in the area of the country that I grew up in. It just always puts a smile on my face.
I really liked Alia as a main character. I couldn’t imagine being put in her situation. Losing a family member and then having to move in with a family friend that you really don’t know must have been heartbreaking. She had a great personality. I really liked the bond that she had with her brother. She was just overall a really great character.
As far as the romance, I’m glad that it was not really present until the end of the book. I really liked how the romance between Will and Alia was a slow-building one which is usually how I like romances in books like this. I also have kind of a soft spot for forbidden romances (not just books but in movies, TV shows, etc.) and this romance was one of those. So that is probably the main reason I enjoyed this romance.
As far as the plot, I liked it but I did have some problems with it. I really liked the mystery elements that were included in this story along with the magical elements. Those two elements wrapped into one just made me so happy. The only thing about the plot that I wasn’t a huge fan of, in my personal opinion, was the pace. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it but once I did, I really got into it.
Overall, this book was very enjoyable. I think that if you are a fan of magical realism or mystery (or both) I think that you would enjoy this book.