Next up on my young adult adventures is “Eventide” by Sarah Goodman! More exciting than the book was the fact that it was my first book from Once Upon A Book Club, for those who don’t know along with the book you get 3-4 gifts to open on specific pages that have to do with the story! This was an amazing and quick read and got 5 stars from me.
Wheeler, Arkansas, 1907
When their father descends into madness after the death of their mother, Verity Pruitt and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train to rural Arkansas.
In Wheeler, eleven-year-old Lilah is quickly adopted, but seventeen-year-old Verity is not. Desperate to stay close to her sister, Verity indentures herself as a farmhand. But even charming farm boy Abel Atchley can’t completely distract her from the sense that something is not quite right in this little town. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes visions of things that aren’t there.
But for Verity, perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that her own parents have a scandalous history in this very town. And as she tries to unearth the past, sinister secrets come with it―secrets that someone will go to violent lengths to protect….
I had not many expectations or ideas of where this book would take me before going in which is not often how I enter a book. I’m pretty type a and need to know what exactly the book is gonna do for me. Man was I surprised! Never did I imagine I could guess at all the secrets. Or who exactly was involved with whom and what secret they carried.
I found myself enjoying most of the characters especially Verity who was just trying to help keep her sister safe. I had some idea of the magic elements in the book but enjoyed that they weren’t the center of the plot.
The ending without giving spoilers didn’t end up where I thought it would. However I enjoyed how nicely wrapped up Sarah Goodman made it while maintaining an element of shock!
I would read this while sitting down with a nice cup of chamomile!
Until next time that’s the tea!