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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sophie's character is marvellous - despite her hardships she remains likeable, determined and feisty. However, the family home in Alabama is almost a character in it's own right with its history and ghostly happenings... Bang on trend for the current teenage market ... Perfect" -- Anna Elliott Carousel 20101109 "What can I say other than WOW? The Splendour Falls is a hauntingly, beautiful, love story with a twist!" -- Jenn Book Crazy Book Blog 20091228 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE is also the author of Prom Dates from Hell, Hell Week, Highway to Hell, Texas Gothic, and Spirit and Dust. She grew up on a ranch in south Texas and now lives and writes in Arlington, Texas. You can visit her at ReadRosemary.com or follow her on Twitter @rclementmoore.

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Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of Prom Dates from Hell and Hell Week (which you can find together in Brimstone), Highway to Hell, The Splendor Falls, Texas Gothic, and Spirit and Dust. She grew up on a ranch in south Texas and lives and writes in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves dogs, horses, sailing, vintage fashion, history, old movies, Gilbert and Sullivan, Guitar Hero, BBC America, and books. Lots and lots of books. You can visit her at readrosemary.com.

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And although the story was good the entire book needed a firm editor.
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You only need to commit to reading (500+ pages of) a single book to get the whole story.
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This book is like an old gothic ghost story with a touch of mystery and romance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Candace Havens on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Rosemary Clement Moore's writing and she doesn't disappoint with her new book The Splendor Falls. The story follows Sylvie, a young dancer who's dreams are crushed when she breaks her leg. She's sent to heal in Alabama, a place where she knows no one. Her cousin is restoring the family home, and as welcoming as she is, Sylvie just wants to go home. But there's a dark and mysterious stranger, who makes her curious. And when strange things start happening, Sylvie can't help but be intrigued, and perhaps a little frightened. It might be a YA, but adults will enjoy this too!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Harrington on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book because I am a huge fan of the author's previous works, and I was not disappointed. It's a little darker and a little more mystical than her Maggie Quinn Series, but the words popped off the page, and the descriptions in the story made you feel like you were living in a creepy old Haunted Mansion! The characters were gritty, and totally imperfect (except when they needed to be too perfect, then they totally were.) This is a book I would recommend to any avid reader of dark, but still totally fun YA. Buy it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AC on December 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After a devastatingly embarrassing and crippling accident onstage that handicaps her leg and permanently throws her plans of being a prima ballerina astray (who's ever heard of a one-legged ballerina, anyways?), Sylvie Davis is at a loss in regards to what to make of the rest of her life. When she accidentally gets drunk at a wedding (her mindset being: what the heck, I'm crippled and my life sucks so why not drink a bit and oopsies-) and sees things that shouldn't be there (which, by the way, was a very cool thing that she sees, historical freak that I am!), her mom and stepfather-to-be sends her to the deep South (Alabama, to her dad's family's old plantation-turned-bed & breakfast, to be exact) to "dry out". But dry out she does not. Instead, she is faced with a situation more dire than anything that might have happened had she stayed in New York, one that invokes terrifying chills and things that go bump at night. Once arrived at Bluestone Hill, the old family home, she is faced with a plethora of mysteries. Of what kind, you ask? All kinds! Boys, ghosts, and century-old questions.

THE SPLENDOR FALLS has got to be one of my favorite books ever. It's definitely a slow read at first, but I found it enchanting to read about the workings of a small Southern town and a Manhattan trust-fund girl like Sylvie trying to find her place in such a setting. People, there are food descriptions in this book. Good, mouth-watering Southern dishes that made my stomach rumble in envy as I read. And aside from the delectable foods, Clement-Moore sprinkles in perfect helpings of romance and love-triangle dilemma and bone-chilling ghosties. The chapters alternate between idyllic and heart-pounding--there were several chapters interspersed throughout the story that were downright creepy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sierra on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Splendor Falls is a book that will entertain fans of Stephenie Meyer, Laurie Faria Stolarz, and the duo Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. This book is large, but there isn't one boring or non-important page. The characters are well formed, and mental images are easy to imagine with Rosemary's sensory skills. This book will stay with you long after the last page, and is sure to entice its readers.

The Splendor Falls is about former-ballerina, Sylvie, whose career ended with a horrible fall that broke her leg. With nothing to do now that she's `out of the game', her mom sends her to her deceased father's cousins house; where she discovers things about her family that she never knew. Things that are both weird and amazing.

There is where Sylvie meets golden boy Shawn Maddox, and the mysterious, gorgeous Rhys Griffith. Both boys are equally charming and inexplicable, but Sylvie is drawn more to Rhys, even though he seems to be distancing himself from her. Is he hiding something? Sylvie wants to know what.

But Shawn seems to like Sylvie from the get go. Always showing up, offering his services, being super nice with all that Tom Sawyer charm...but there is something off about him that Sylvie can't help but notice.

Then there are the ghosts. The ghosts that haunt the grounds and the house where Sylvie is staying; a baby's cry she hears late in the night, a girl, running around towards the river, and the Colonial who always seems to be watching the girl. At first, Sylvie thinks she's loosing her mind, but when townspeople tell her that there are ghosts that people have supposedly seen, she wants to know what's going on, and so she delves into the past to figure it all out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on November 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sylvie's world came crashing down the day she broke her leg on stage. She was the youngest-ever principal ballerina for the American Ballet and her dream career ended at the age of seventeen. But her world is also changed by her mother's remarriage and since she has no reason to stay in New York, she's shipped off to Alabama to stay with her late father's cousin, Paula. Paula is restoring a family home that has been passed down through the generations of the Davis family. And with this home comes a history that is ghostly. Sylvie must figure out the mystery of why she can suddenly see ghosts and why there seems to be magic in the air. Add two guys who are both interested in her, and she gets one summer that she will never forget.

This book is really long--five hundred and thirteen pages long. And it was too long, I think. I think that there was too much filler in the story and that it could definitely be shortened. There were times that I became confused. How the past was relevant to the future, and the relationships between the characters had me flipping back through the book at some points.

I did like some of the main characters. I liked Sylvie--a ballerina as a main character (although the ballet aspect is talked about too much) is new to me. And she had a great, fiesty personality. I liked a lot of her retorts to the guys and to her cousin. I also really liked Rhys. He had an air of mystery surrounding him that was appealing and intriguing. I also liked Clara, the business partner of Paula. She had such a caring air about her. And I want a puppy like Gigi!
I didn't particularly like Shawn or Addie, although I don't think I was supposed to. There was something eerie about Shawn and his ability to charm everyone. And Addie was just plain mean.
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