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by Suzanne Strempek Shea (Goodreads Author)
When Robyn Panek is summoned by her ailing uncle Pal to operate his pony ring for one final season on his Massachusetts farm, her years away form the vacation spot of her youth seem an unbridgeable gap. But she is pulled by forces stronger than memory to piece together the events of that last childhood summer -- when a dark mystery swirled about her friend Lucy Dragon. The ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Washington Square Press
(first published June 26th 2001)
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Feb 18, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Susan, Kristen
Simply wonderful. It's made extra-special for me because the author is local to western MA, and sets this story in Ware, referencing a lot of actual places and lore. Also, because I'm half Polish, I appreciate the stories she writes that incoporate Polish-American life, which this one does especially well.
I really liked this book and the descriptions, but I might be partial to it since I live in the area the book is set in and can really picture the setting. I thought the ending was unexpected and interesting (also probably unrealistic, but lots of books are)
I would have liked this book better if at times it hadn't felt like the author was writing for children. Some of the descriptions felt somewhat condescending. I think the author should expect more out of her readers. Overall, it was okay. An enjoyable, light read.
Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels: Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola, published by Washington Square Press. She has also written three memoirs, Songs From a Lead-lined Room: Notes - High and Low - From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation; Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page-Turning Advent ...moreMore about Suzanne Strempek Shea...