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This is another best from Virginia Andrews, taking you along with her delving into the life of young Melody Logan. After her mother abandons her with her uncle and aunt, to seek her fame and fortune elsewhere when her husband dies. Melody is left with strangers she has only heard rumours about.
She is thrust into a life of Bible spouting Uncle Jacob and sweet but nervy Aunt Sara and their youngest daughter Darling little May and Cousin Cary whose twin Laura was killed. He stays distant at first thinking she is trying to replace his lost sister.
She is to sleep in Laura's old room and to wear her old clothes even though some are a little tight in places. She is to help around the house and keep Sarah happy, and soon learns that May is deaf and dumb. She learns the family make it's living by fishing and cranberry farming and takes some solace in the fields of cranberries. Running along the sand dunes and finding her long lost grandmother who is stricter than Uncle Jacob. She does however in the end tell her stories about her father that she did not know. What this does to her you will have to find out by reading the book.
Learning sign language she makes a friend in May and wins around Cary's heart they begin to help her piece together the puzzle of her life and she finds out several skeletons have been lurking in her mothers and fathers closet.
She later finds out her mother is killed in a car accident or at least that is the way it appears.
She is faced with many problems right the way through the book and has her own demons to come to terms with.
This is a lovely read and I could relate to this young girls plight through the reading of it. I found it enthralling and really easy to get involved with so had no trouble blocking out the day.
I would recommend that you read the series in context however not like me reading the odd random book as I found this a little confusing toward the end thinking I may have read it before, but knowing that I had not, having read one of the others in the series first could have hampered my enjoyment of it a bit.
I thoroughly recommend this for a rainy day read. Again one that has been one the shelf waiting for me for a while.
I took this book on holiday to Majorca the holiday was awful fortunally this book wasn't, so good in fact that i had to buy the concluding two and spent a fortune doing so as they were double the amount. This story is based on a young girl called Melody who lives with her mom and dad in West Virginia until tragedy strikes forcing her to live with strange relatives many miles away. The story goes on to unravel strange things about her past and compelling circumstances you just don't expect to happen. It's too confusing to actually write about because there are so many characters involved. With each one casting their own web of betrayel one way or another. There are 5 books in all of this saga and each one more interesting than the other, by the way the last one is thrilling.
First book in the Logan series.