Jun. 3rd, 2009

juushika: Drawing of a sleeping orange cat. (I should have been born a cat)
Title: A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama
Author: Laura Amy Schiltz
Published: Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2006
Rating: 4 of 5
Page Count: 389
Total Page Count: 78,059
Text Number: 228
Read For: interest sparked by a review by [livejournal.com profile] penmage, borrowed from the library
Short Review: Adopted from an orphanage by the three elderly Hawthorne sisters, Maud believes that all of her dreams have come true. But when the sisters that Maud must remain hidden in the house and reveal that they have a use for her, Maud discovers that she has not quite found the perfect family that she was looking for. A Drowned Maiden's Hair is swift but not simple: the easy prose and mysterious plot draw the reader in, but it's thorny questions of honesty and searches for love that keep him thinking and feeling throughout the book. With transparent infodumps and a too-perfect resolution, the book isn't perfect—but it's addictive, enjoyable, and surprisingly tender. I recommend it.

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Review posted here on Amazon.com.

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