Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Teen Tuesday Pick: Mirk and the Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

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A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.
When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion.
Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.
From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”

My thoughts:
I was not familiar with the fairy tale "Tam Lin", so I can't judge the book in the quality of the retelling.  What I can say is that you become immersed in the South when reading this book, and the characters came alive for me.   The storyline really followed the path I thought it would take - evil people were evil, and the voodoo practitioners will not help someone without something in return.  I was surprised that Violet met Thomas, the injured Union soldier, so late in the story.  I enjoyed how Violet grew in the novel, accepting her new stepmother and stepsister's flaws, and learning to accept their companionship.  A great book for historical fiction lovers!

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