Title: The Clearing
By: Heather Davis
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (04/2010)
Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever.
My first introduction to the author Heather Davis was in a book review of Never Cry Werewolf. The Clearing was nothing like Davis’s first debut novel, but was entertaining all the same. The idea of a mist between world and a love with no boundaries is always a promising read. The particular novel is a very quick read. The story was well written, but I found myself in moments of wandering that I struggled to keep my attention focused. Amy is a very special girl with a bad history, and that was easy enough to follow. As well as, Henry having prayed and somehow caused his world to stand still is also another intrigue concept. Although, the flow of the story was not complete fluent causing my mind to wander. Davis ended the story in such a fashion that I could see a sequel, and I did enjoy this story enough that I would give it a try.