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Remember Della Paperback – November 9, 2011
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Cynthia Mock Burroughs’ first novel, Remember Della, reflects her Southern upbringing and mirrors the fact she was indeed a child of the fifties. She resides, to this day, in South Carolina with her dashing husband, crotchety cat and nimble Jack Russell. This artist, turned author, is currently working on her second novel, Do You See Me? (sequel to Remember Della). Visit her website at www.cynthiamockburroughs.com, ‘like’ her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorcynthiamockburroughs and follow her on Twitter @cmburroughs.
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Della hasn’t been in school for a couple of weeks, but no one has missed her. Kat and Em try to track her down and things get more than a bit interesting. Another oddity — Della and her brother, Bud, are both being raised by their mother and their rather brutal stepfather, but Bud, who is a Wydell’s star running back, is as outgoing and popular as Della is shy and withdrawn.
As Kat is held captive by her intrusive dreams, the reader is held captive anticipating what happened to Della. The suspense and mystery are spot-on. I was drawn in by the time period as well. I love the fifties, a time perceived as much more simple than today. The author included the slang of the era. Surprisingly, eight-year-old Gordy picked up a lot of it from his constant viewing of TV. This is well written with very likable and unforgettable characters. Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
I got the book from the author and Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock in exchange for an honest review.
Remember Della is a wonderful standalone that mix a little bit of the supernatural, a whole bunch of drama that comes with the teenage life and a little bit of background of the 50’s. I have to admit that when I read the title I was expecting that Della was the heroine of this book but I was surprised when Katherine appeared and pretty much guide the reader through her life as a teen and how it all changed with a dream that involved an introverted girl named Della.
Katherine seems like and ordinary girl whose main trouble in life should be finishing her homework or worried about what her friends and pretty much a mini army of gossipers keep spreading the rumor that there is something else between her best friend Emery and her. However, that is so not the case. Kat has been having this dreams that are kind of like premonitions for a while. She knew the portrait in her bedroom was going to fall and hit her/ therefore, she made her mother change the place of her bed. The portrait really fell and could have beheaded her. She knew her brother would break his arm in an accident and that an uncle of hers will die before any of those things happened. Her dreams were consumed with premonitions to the point where she tried her best to avoid sleep. It was no wonder her mother feared those dreams of hers and that she did her best to consider them as casualties. Nevertheless, a dream of a yellow scarf changed everything.
I must admit I was pretty confused when at the beginning of the novel Katherine was multitasking between remembering, dreaming and speaking to a journalist. It was a little difficult to distinguish between what happened, when it happened and who was the one talking. However, the interest of the journalist on one particular memory of Katherine really got my attention. In fact, Katherine became my favorite character due to her curiosity and determination. She did her best to find Della, the owner of the yellow scarf that had squeezed her neck so many times in her dreams. Katherine fear that was sort of a warning and with the help of Em, she started investigating what happened to Della. No one in school seemed to pay attention to her, her father seemed violent and no one had seemed the girl for quite some time. I was pretty impressed that she would want to keep searching for the girl even when it could put her in danger.
Emery was also a character that I came to love. He was so supportive and protective when it came to Kat. Also, he knew how to charm her mother and tease/play/prank her brother. Since the start of the book he had an aura that screamed boyfriend to be and husband material. I know I may be exaggerating a little but I sincerely thought that by the way he got along with Katherine’s family. Every doubt I had that told me that it couldn’t be left my mind when I saw how he supported her no matter what. I am not going to lie and tell that everything between Kat and Em was perfect. Just like Kat said, it would have been a miracle if it had been the case. However, I truly believe that Kat and Em didn’t disappoint in any part of the story.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves reading about drama, mystery, growing up and young love. I promise you won’t regret giving a chance to this book and I can also assure you that the ending will not disappoint.