Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Can love last beyond the grave?
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.
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.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?
At first I thought that The Splendor Falls started out really slow. During the prolouge, I felt about ready to throw the book against the wall instead of reading anymore. If the whole book would've went on that way... well there wouldn't have been a whole book that was read by me.
But I'm happy to say that the book did pick up. It was slow for the first two chapters, but after that it really picked up and I was sucked in. However, there were parts during the book that were really slow. It would pick up and then get slower for a while, and that was really annoying for me.
However, the actual story was amazing. Clement-Moore created a whole world down South for her story. It was refreshing and new, and there were so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
So, is the beginning slow? Yes, very much so. But does the story and characters make up for it? By far. Four hearts.