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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Secret of Misty Mountain by L. Michelle Bowen

  • Publication date: March 24, 2020
  • Genre: Middle Grade
  • Edition: ARC
  • Pages: 57
  • Rating: 3 stars

When is it right to tell a secret?

When Anne, a young country girl who lives in the beautiful countryside of South Carolina meets Catherine, a pretty and wealthy new girl in town, they become unlikely friends. Everything seems perfect until Catherine confides in Anne a secret too big to keep. When schoolmates learn of her secret, it threatens to tear apart not only her friendship but Catherine’s family as well.

 This is my first book by this author and I doubt it will be my last! Bowen's writing style is similar to that of authors in the women's fiction category; she has a way of introducing unique female characters while also providing that down-to-earth feeling by choosing a rural setting.

When Catherine moves into the country from the city with her father, Anne quickly strikes up a friendship with the girl. It is their friendship that lends Catherine the courage and trust to confide in Anne about her family's secret and the real reason they moved from the urban area.

Catherine feels relieved when Anne doesn't react like past friends did, but Anne feels conflicted as she promised not to share the secret with another being. The secret starts to weigh her down and she eventually confides in her mother and aunt, which in return makes Catherine feel betrayed. However, quickly the pair are able to make amends and continue on with their friendship.

Before the girls are aware, they graduate high school with two different life paths in mind. Despite their different routes, they remind in close contact in more ways than one and the story's ending will provide happiness for all readers.

Overall, this was a wonderful read that would be perfect for those who enjoy women's fiction, television shows like The Little House on the Prairie, and children's books with important messages.

*I'd like to thank Sage's Blog Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour!*

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