The Splendor Falls
by Rosemary Clement-Moore
# of pages: 528
Age range: 14+
Can love last beyond the grave?
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.
Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?
Okay, another fabulous, purple novel? I'm sensing a patter here! So yes, The Splendor Falls, lovely. The second I read about Sylvie and her ballerina career I wanted to go twirl and dance like the good old days when I was five, why didn't I stick with it? That's how into the novel I got, I wanted to be able to do the things MC Sylvie did, she was inspiring in a way.
So the novel starts off with Sylvie - an agitated and short tempered Sylvie - who meets Rhys a hot European guest at her aunt's manor. There's an instant attraction but Sylvie isn't exactly known for her soft flirtatious side, the two don't get off on the best foot.
I LOVED the chemistry between the characters, the suspense, the mystery, and finally the conclusion. I have a thing for accents if I do say so myself, so I was rooting for Rhys all the way, but I' m not going to tell you who Sylvie ends up with.
The writing was strong, the characters were very well developed and all had a story. I very much enjoyed the world Clement-Moore created and will definitely have to check out some of her other work.
If you liked this book be sure to check out:
The Dark Divine: Bree Despain
Beautiful Creatures: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Wondrous Strange: Lesley Livingston
Swoon: Nina Malkin
The Summoning: Kelley Armstrong
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