The Splendor Falls
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
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?
Oh my gosh, Rosemary Clement-Moore might be one of my favorite authors! I have read two of her books so far, Texas Gothic and The Splendor Falls, and I have loved both of them. I should probably state that I love a good ghost story! If you don’t like ghost stories you might not like The Splendor Falls as much as I did.
So obviously, there are ghosts in this book. There is definitely a creepy vibe, but it isn’t too scary. I’m not sure why I love ghost stories so much, because I hate scary movies! I definitely have a soft spot for them, though, whether I am reading Mary Downing Hahn’s ghost stories or Rosemary Clement-Moore ghost stories, I love ’em all.
But there is so much more to this than just ghosts. The protagonist, Sylvie, was so interesting. I admit, it took me a little bit to warm up to her. She is obviously very depressed after an accident has ended her promising professional ballet career. At first I thought there was going to be a whole-bunch of woe-is-me business, but there really wasn’t. And, in all honesty, I am sure had I been in her situation I would definitely be taking part in some major self-pity. But she doesn’t mope about too much, and she definitely has some back bone. My favorite thing about Sylvie, those, is her love for her dog Gigi!
Yep, that is definitely one of my favorite parts of the book. Gigi, the chihuahua. Gigi had a wonderful doggy personality. While I was reading The Splendor Falls, I kept calling my pooches Daphne and Ginger to come sit with me, because Gigi was absolutely adorable. Gigi isn’t just a cute dog, either. She discovers some important clues, too, and helps move the plot along.
Of course, I loved Rhys. Who wouldn’t. He’s tall, dark and has a British accent. What’s not to love? Seriously? I can’t think of anything. Well, he was a bit secretive, but that was to be expected.
The supporting characters were wonderfully developed. I loved Paula (even if she wasn’t thrilled with Gigi!), Clara and Dr. Young.
The story was really fun. There were ghosts, and lots of them. Well, mainly three ghosts. The Colonel was definitely freaky! I loved seeing how Sylvie became suspicious of certain goings-on, and decided to investigate them. This made this book seem like a mystery at times, too.
Overall, I thought this book was amazing, and I definitely need to get my hands on other Rosemary Clement-Moore books!