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It’s 1901—a brave new century—and seventeen-year-old Grace Boisvert thinks it’s high time to forget that she’s a dryad; being able to talk to trees just doesn’t seem very useful in the automobile age. A little hair dye to touch up her green roots, and she’s off to join her best friend Alice Roosevelt for a visit to glamorous Newport, RI, with her family’s warnings not to f ...more
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Published November 5th 2019 by Book View Cafe
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“Evergreen” is uniquely crafted with intricate weaving of fiction and history making a believable account.

Read full review in the 2019 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Evergreen by Marissa Doyle

Seventeen year old Grace Boisvert wants to go with her friend Alice to Newport Rhode Island. Grace is no ordinary girl she is a Dryad, able to communicate with trees. She is warned by her family not to fall in love with a human and to be careful. Nothing and none one is what they appear to be. She starts to fall in love with a young man named Kit. This is a Summer of awakening for Grace as her family legacy is about to be revealed.

Set in 1901 with an original plot. Desc
Susan Chapek
Sep 13, 2020 added it
Recommends it for: readers of Avonlea books; Sorcery and Cecilia; Laura Amy Schlitz; Kate Forsyth
Gush warning: I adored this story. It does some of my favorite things.

It's History in a Fresh Era (1901) and setting (the manicured gardens of Newport, RI and the semi-wild Adirondacks).
Unusual fantasy trope--Dryads.
Mystery and romance, not just a romance.
Weaves the fiction and the fantasy deftly into well-known historical facts. (And accessorizes with lots of fascinating lesser-known tidbits and personalities.)

Marissa Doyle has checked most of these boxes in her earlier Bewitching
Teresa Drelick
I'll admit that my attention was caught right away, but then there was a third of the book that established it's position as a YA novel with 17-year-olds and their teenage drama. For me, this meant I couldn't give this book a 5 because it took so long to get past the drama and to the meat of the story. This portion took place in Newport, RI. There was even a luncheon at Rosecliff which is my favorite mansion. After a summer in Newport, the girls travel to the Adirondacks in New York to spend fam ...more
Wendy Lewis
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's a historical/fantasy YA and very well written. It takes some time for the romance to come to a "boil" but that makes it all the better, because we get to learn more about the protagonist, Grace, and her coming of age with her dryad abilities. Very lovely and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
S. Sager
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A different kind of journey wrapped around historical accuracies.
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Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
This story combinations fantasy and history while seen through the eyes of a young adult Dryad girl. It is not quite what one expects with a friendship between Grace Boisvert and Alice Roosevelt. The dynamic of their friendship is similar to many best friends, yet with a magical thread running like a river's current, it takes them on a tumultuous journey full of adventures and challenges. At times Alice dominates the story leaving Grace as the side kick and the fantasy elements take a back seat ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
this is the story of Grace, a Dryad who goes on a mini vacation with her best friend Alice, and soon discovers her new Dryad abilities while on vacation. She is warned not to fall in love and soon finds out its a lot easier said than done.
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