The Clearing by Heather Davis
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 12, 2010)
Synopsis: In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever. Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae”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. Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist-Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, she”s starting to fall for him. But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, it”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. Amy”s crossing over to Henry”s side brings him more happiness than he”s ever known-but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence. 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 destiny-a perfect book to slip into and hide away for awhile.
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I picked up this book completely randomly, with no expectations, but even if I had some expectations this book would have far surpassed it! This realistic fantasy tale tells the story of Amy, who has recently moved in with her Aunt Mae and is looking to start fresh in a new town. She quickly meets Henry – a book that lives through the clearing behind her Aunt’s trailer. But there is something different about Henry: for him (and everything on his side of the clearing) it is still the year 1944 and Henry is supposed to go off to war the next day – a day that never comes for Henry as he relives the same day over and over.
Throughout the book, the relationship between Amy and Henry develops into a beautiful love story that analyzes what true love is. This book had so much depth and emotion in it that I literally could not put it down. It left me speechless and amazed as I turned the last page.
Also, Davis’ writing was beautifully and eloquently written, which is evident by the number of passages I highlighted to read again later. Davis has a true gift with words and you can see her passion and dedication to the characters and their story throughout the 200 plus pages of this book. Truly loved this book and would recommend to basically anyone looking for a beautiful love story.