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The Clearing by Heather Davis
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Mar 21, 11

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Read from March 19 to 21, 2011

True love is timeless.
The Clearing is a powerful, bittersweet novel that will make you smile, laugh and cry. This is split into two perspectives. Amy is a girl who escaped the clutches of an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Matt. She has a hard time trusting boys. She moves in with her Aunt Mae, who lives off in the countryside. Henry is a boy who lives with his grandfather and mother. It has been summer for as long as he can remember, and he knows why. His big brother died in combat, and when his mother hears of this, she falls into depression. Henry made a wish. He wished that everything could be normal again, before his brother died in the war. His wish came true. He is stuck in the summer of 1944 with his grandfather and mother.
Amy is in the 21st century. She decides to investigate the clearing, which seems foggy and mysterious. Beyond the mist, everything is sunny, warm and bright. From then on, she knew for a fact that she was in a different time period, the 19th century. She meets Henry, a sweet, loving boy. He is charming, caring, gentle and polite. He is not like most boys; who only wanted girls for their own pleasure. Henry was understanding, and Amy soon begins to trust him. She falls in love with him, and he falls in love with her. Amy makes frequent trips to the clearing to see Henry, and she is smitten with every trip she makes.
Amy and Henry are starcrossed lovers. They cannot be together, no matter how much they love each other. In order for everything to be normal, Henry must move on with his life. But, they get into an arguement, and many things were left unsaid. No goodbyes were uttered. Henry mustered up his courage one day, and he crosses over to the clearing, to go see Amy. They stay together for one night, before Henry has to go. Henry leaves the next morning. The two say goodbye. It was time to move on.
I am not going to talk about the ending, because it would spoil it all. I was not very happy with it, however! I thought it could have ended a bit better. I cried a lot towards the ending; it left me feeling empty inside. *Caution: It is very easy to succumb to Henry's charm, so do not be alarmed if you find yourself giggling at all the adorable scenes.
Heather Davis weaves a beautiful story about letting go, moving on, finding strength and falling in love. Sometimes, you must face the inevitable to free yourself.
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