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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Blythewood.
At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she's on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York's mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended - and was expelled from. Though she's afraid her high society classmates won't accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family's murky past, discover the identity of the father she's never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother's abrupt suicide. She's also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.
Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.
©2013 Carol Goodman (P)2013 Penguin Group
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2 out of 5 stars
By Gwendolyn on 07-12-17

Too many faults

I got this book first, because I had enjoyed Goodman's audiobook River Road. And second, because a review said it reminded them of Harry Potter's world with the fantasy creatures and magic. Having said this I have to say this is the farthest thing from Harry Potter I have ever read or listened to. There is no playfulness, very poor character development and the plot leaves a lot to be desired. The narration is just as bad and difficult to distinguish one character from another. Leslie's main distinction being one girl who sounds like she's got a stuffy nose and the other doesn't. This book may be ok for a preteen but seems way too immature for an adult.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marina B. on 09-14-15

Really Great Listen

Like all Carol Goodman books, this was a wonderful, rich story that completely captivates. Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sermatt on 02-09-18

Disappointing

I’ve read this authors books before and enjoyed them. This however was utterly dismal. The monotone and droning intonation of the reader and the shocking attempts at accents made it unbearable. The writing itself too disappointed - repetitive use of language and poor visual imagery left me cold. I could not finish it and deleted it. What a waste of a credit.

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