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Something Yellow by [Templeton, Laura]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (September 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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As I was reading this book two words kept coming to mind—vivid and elegant. Laura Templeton has a true gift for setting, characters, and imagery, giving her use of language an elegance that made me savor each page. It’s a great mystery, too. On the surface, it’s about Holly McCann returning to her hometown to care for her dying mother. The family drifted apart after Holly’s nine year old sister, Rachael, disappeared 13 years earlier. Soon after her arrival, a neighbor’s child goes missing which propels Holly into a quest to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance. But this book is so much deeper—it’s also the portrayal of a family splintered by tragedy, the longing of lost love, the pain of breached trust, the toll that unresolved sadness, guilt, and anger take, and the hope of redemption. Laura Templeton skillfully taps into the motivations and emotions of the characters to convey how each bears the hurt of Rachael’s disappearance in a different way. The characters have depth and, despite their flaws, they are sympathetic and engaging. I didn’t want this book to end and look forward to reading more Laura Templeton novels.
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Well, color me impressed.

I had the pleasure of reading "Something Yellow" not too long ago, and was very glad I did. At first glance, I wasn't sure that it'd be something I'd be interested in, as it's not my typical reading material, but the novel turned out to be one of those rare page-turners that kept me reading during every spare moment until I reached the end, a day or two later. Ms. Templeton's writing style is reminiscent of such authors as Donna Tartt and Barbara Kingsolver—she possesses a facility with imagery and words that lends authenticity to her characters and plot without making them obvious or trite, which happens all too often with such a specific semi-fictional location. Ms. Templeton has done her research well, though, and she depicts a rural Appalachian town without resorting to stereotype or caricature, instead painting a very real portrait of a woman, her small hometown, and the various personalities who inhabit it.

While its plot is fairly straightforward, "Something Yellow" is a bit difficult to categorize, as it falls into many different genres, including magical realism, women's fiction, mystery, and even Southern gothic before the novel's close. But for me, the characters are what drive the story forward. Holly is a very imperfect heroine—she is stubborn, obstinate, and prone to jumping to conclusions. These are flaws that make her human, though, and more sympathetic as she navigates her way through the tangle of family secrets and shame that lurk in her past. I was completely drawn into her search for answers to the mystery of her sister Rachel's disappearance, and what her ex-boyfriend Houston might have had to do with it.
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To be entirely honest, I opened this book and expected to hate it. The plot sounded intriguing and the cover was pretty, but the pages were so dense. The margins and the words were both teeny tiny, and the first paragraph seemed to set the stage for the rest of the book: difficult to read. Once I read further, though, I became accustomed to the writing style and completely fell in love with it. The story was full of realistic ups and downs of an average person’s life. I enjoyed every second of it, and now I wish the book was even longer!

The first thing that shocked me was the word choice. All the sentences knitted together created an eloquent book filled to the brim with figurative language and vivid images. I’m a girl who loves words. I have a list of favorite words. It’s one of the reasons I love writing so much: I can use large words and intricate sentences. If I walked through school using the same language I do in text, I guarantee I’d get some confused glances coming my way. Laura Templeton created a novel which never ceased to amaze me in her writing. All throughout the book, I literally highlighted the words and phrases I enjoyed. And trust me, not only the cover is yellow anymore. Page upon page is filled with my neon highlighter marks because of all the beautiful language. She really made the magnificence of the mountains and the emotions of the characters come alive.

The book is about one women’s experiences when she comes home to her Virginia mountain home to help her mother’s death through her cancer. Holly, the main character, had a sister who mysteriously disappeared 13 years back, and her family was never the same again. Her father died with a heavy heart a few years earlier, and her brother distanced himself completely from their family.
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I enjoyed reading this book- I'm from the mountains of Southwest Virginia and it was a refreshing change not to have my people depicted as lazy, uneducated, toothless in-breeders. The characters were well-rounded, successful, and intelligent. The story was part mystery, part supernatural, with a little romance thrown in. All those elements made for a haunting tale.
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