Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.
Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.
One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.
When i first heard about this book it was in an email from one of the book club blogs i follow. Due to copyrights, said book club, could release some of the book to the public so for a week they released a little each day and in that week all i checked my email for were the emails that included just a little more each day. Ever day i thought, maybe ill just grab it up on amazon but i just haven’t had $13 to spend on another book when i have SOOOOOOO many on my kindle. So i put it off and read a dozen or so more books in the time following the final email i got with the last free chapter.
As i was going through my B4B list i was ecstatic to see Eleanor was on there and with just a few more copies left i swooped it up in a heartbeat… no second guessing, no taking it back, it was done. I waited and waited for ups to show up and yesterday it came in. Let me just add by the way, you know you have a book addiction when the ups man knows that the only reason he is at your door once or more a week is to deliver more books!
This is a perfect combo or drama and science fiction, so for anyone who leans away from the phrase sy-fi this isnt like most and would be a great intro into the sy-fi world. There is amazing detail within the pages of this book. The emotions are very well splayed out for the reader which creates a bond between the reader and the characters. The author doesnt try to hide true human emotions from the readers because its a true emotion that most people try to hide in fear of harsh judgement from others.
Losing a child is a hard situation to deal with, and the raw emotion from the mother of the main character has to be my favorite part of this book. She is only human and well, If there is one thing we know about pain, It demands to be felt!