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The Splendor Falls

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

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Sylvie was a prima ballerina, but a terrible injury had put a moretorium on her career. While her mother's on a honey moon she goes to stay with cousin Paula in Alabama to reconnect with her fathers roots and gets caught in a love triangle. But there is more to this love triangle then meets the eye. Both Rhyse and Shawn are hiding secrets and Sylvie will need to all of her wits to see the truth of what is going on at Blue Stone Hill.

For a good portion of the book Sylvie really believes that she is nuts and you really feel for her. Especially since it seems everyone's adding to the insanity. I love Gigi, the little puppy is a great character that really helps the book along. Once you get to the last hundred pages, you feel like things are really dragging, then all of sudden everything gets resolved rather quickly. Get through the slow pages because the end is pretty much worth it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Sylvie was a prima ballerina, but a terrible injury had put a moretorium on her career. While her mother's on a honey moon she goes to stay with cousin Paula in Alabama to reconnect with her fathers roots and gets caught in a love triangle. But there is more to this love triangle then meets the eye. Both Rhyse and Shawn are hiding secrets and Sylvie will need to all of her wits to see the truth of what is going on at Blue Stone Hill.

For a good portion of the book Sylvie really believes that she is nuts and you really feel for her. Especially since it seems everyone's adding to the insanity. I love Gigi, the little puppy is a great character that really helps the book along. Once you get to the last hundred pages, you feel like things are really dragging, then all of sudden everything gets resolved rather quickly. Get through the slow pages because the end is pretty much worth it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Sylvie was a prima ballerina, but a terrible injury had put a moretorium on her career. While her mother's on a honey moon she goes to stay with cousin Paula in Alabama to reconnect with her fathers roots and gets caught in a love triangle. But there is more to this love triangle then meets the eye. Both Rhyse and Shawn are hiding secrets and Sylvie will need to all of her wits to see the truth of what is going on at Blue Stone Hill.

For a good portion of the book Sylvie really believes that she is nuts and you really feel for her. Especially since it seems everyone's adding to the insanity. I love Gigi, the little puppy is a great character that really helps the book along. Once you get to the last hundred pages, you feel like things are really dragging, then all of sudden everything gets resolved rather quickly. Get through the slow pages because the end is pretty much worth it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Sylvie was a prima ballerina, but a terrible injury had put a moretorium on her career. While her mother's on a honey moon she goes to stay with cousin Paula in Alabama to reconnect with her fathers roots and gets caught in a love triangle. But there is more to this love triangle then meets the eye. Both Rhyse and Shawn are hiding secrets and Sylvie will need to all of her wits to see the truth of what is going on at Blue Stone Hill.

For a good portion of the book Sylvie really believes that she is nuts and you really feel for her. Especially since it seems everyone's adding to the insanity. I love Gigi, the little puppy is a great character that really helps the book along. Once you get to the last hundred pages, you feel like things are really dragging, then all of sudden everything gets resolved rather quickly. Get through the slow pages because the end is pretty much worth it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Sylvie has suffered some losses, her father has died of cancer, her mother has remarried and her leg breaks in an onstage accident that leaves her ballet career broken before it really starts. Right now the only thing she can rely on is her dog Gigi who gives her unconditional love the only way a rescue dog can.

She goes to visit her aunt in the family home. There she meets with Shawn the local golden boy and Rhys who is visiting from Wales and some of the resident ghosts while she works on repairing herself mentally and the garden physically.

I liked the story and found the characters appealing. I liked the pace and the attitude of the characters to their situations. I thought that the aunt and mother should have given her some latitude for the accident and her grief at her father and her dreams. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 18, 2013 |
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The book is well written, told from Slyvie's point of view. While It could have done without the constant interactions with Slyvie's dog Gigi, the story of magic and ghosts kept my interests peaked.
 
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Genius is another word for magic, and
the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.

--Dame Margot Fonteyn, Prima Ballerina
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To Mom,
For a thousand and one reasons.
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For months, I relied the pas de deux in my dreams, in that multisensory Technicolor of a memory I'd much rather forget.
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I wanted to hate Alabama, and nothing about my arrival disappointed me.
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The steel was definitely absent from her magnolia voice.
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Sylvie Davies is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but what broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage. Still reeling Sylvie is shipped off to stay with relatives in the back of beyond. Or so she thinks, in fact she ends up in a town rich with her family’s history . . . and as it turns out her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, is the expected choice. But handsome and mysterious Rhys has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand

Then Sylvie starts seeing things – a girl by the lake and a man with dark unseeing eyes peering in through the window . . . Sylvie’s lost nearly everything - is she starting to lose her mind as well?

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Dark secrets linking two Alabama families and their Welsh ancestors slowly come to light when seventeen-year-old Sylvie, whose promising ballet career has come to a sudden end, spends a month with a cousin she barely knows in her father's ancestral home.… (more)

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