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The Splendor Falls Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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It sounds like an interesting story, doesn't it? Too bad it isn't. This book was a chore to read. The synopsis made it sound mysterious and interesting, but it was nothing like that. The plot was very thin, and at 500+ pages, the book was mostly about the dog. Seriously, most of the book revolved around Sylvie's dog, Gigi. Everything the dog did was chronicled closely. What happened was that a story that should have been much shorter ended up being a huge bore.
Sylvie was a very obnoxious character. She complained about everything, even food! I don't care what book characters think about menial things. I felt bad for her family because they had to stand this girl. I get that she was hurt by her accident, but I didn't like her attitude towards people. She was not a very nice person. Second, the romance was very boring. Rhys was the one interesting character in the whole book and even he wasn't that great. I just didn't feel any chemistry between the characters. Their love didn't feel real, especially when they had just met days ago.
Third, the mystery surrounding the hill was dealt with poorly. If you are writing a mystery book, you should focus on that. Sadly, the mystery on this book was the author's last thought. The only interesting bits-- which were about Hannah, the ghost that haunted the hill, were resolved in about one page.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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BEST BOOK IVE READ IN A WHILE. I was biting every nail possible towards the end. I was really pulled into the scene with every line that Rosemary typed. Beautiful use of imagery.Published 21 months ago by Kristin
(A FEW SPOILERS AHEAD) I loved the idea of the paranormal and Sylvie's capability to connect with her ancestors. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Anonymous
this story made me wish my life would turn bad so my long distance relatives could take me in and I could solve mysteries of my heritage.Published on January 8, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Being from Alabama, I loved the history woven into the story. In fact, Old Cahawba is now on my "must see" list. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Elizabeth L Jones
A thrilling tale of romance, mystery, and a little history mixed all together, this book is absolutely incredible. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Muffy Russell
Literally my most favorite book that I have read this year. Well in 2012.... but it was seriously amazing. I don't really have words.Published on May 8, 2012 by Molly
ok well I started out with this book because it was on my bookclub reading list. And although the story was good the entire book needed a firm editor. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Crossroad Reviews