Synopses & Reviews
In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Maeand#8217;s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mistand#8212;Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, sheand#8217;s starting to fall for him.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, itand#8217;s still 1944. By some miracle, Henry and his family are stuck in the past, staving off the tragedy that will strike them in the future. Amyand#8217;s crossing over to Henryand#8217;s side brings him more happiness than heand#8217;s ever knownand#8212;but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In The Clearing, author Heather Davis crafts a tender and poignant tale about falling in love, finding strength, and having the courage to make your own destinyand#8212;a perfect book to slip into and hide away for awhile.
"Davis (The Clearing) takes on the difficult terrain of grief through the eyes of three teens: Holly, who speaks in the first person; Jason, whose experience is narrated in the third person; and Rob, the dead boy, speaking in the second person. It's a risky narrative strategy, executed with significant if not unqualified success. Holly, appropriately, is the most sympathetic character. She survived the accident that killed her boyfriend, but has much more to deal with keeping house for her working mother, watching over a nine-year-old sister and a grandfather sinking into dementia, and facing a future she can't imagine. Each teen is withholding secrets, and it's in this that the narrative round robin is weakest. As preoccupied as they are with the accident's aftermath, and as intimately as Davis brings readers into their thoughts, the conceit that none of them would think directly about why the accident happened is slightly contrived. Nevertheless, the story is a welcome addition to the shelf of YA books that deal honestly with grief. Without sugarcoating, it achieves a melancholy sweetness that is becoming a hallmark of Davis's work. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A poignant story about making peace with the past and opening your heart to love. Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. But she has no idea that as she goes about her days, Robs ghost is watching over her. He isnt happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, trying to get close to Holly—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. As their uncertain new relationship progresses, the past comes back to haunt Holly and Jason. Her Alzheimers-stricken grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?
Told from the perspectives of a teen killed in a car crash, his best friend, and the girl he left behind,
this is a poignant paranormal romance about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.
“The closeness is maddening. Youre so full of the desire to be seen, you must be freaking glowing. Im here. You try to reach her with mental tricks, with all your powers of concentration, with all your love distilled into a single thought. See me.”
Robs ghost is watching Holly, so when he sees his best friend, Jason, trying to get close to her, he isn't happy. This haunting paranormal romance is deftly told from the perspectives of Rob, Holly, and Jason. Can everyone make peace with the past and find the courage to move forward?
About the Author
HEATHER DAVIS is the author of Never Cry Werewolf, Wherever You Go, and The Clearin