By Heather Davis
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.
This Blonde’s Review
I almost didn’t get to read this book, since I received it as part of a book tour while I was out of town. I am so glad that I did though. We have Amy, who is a troubled girl fresh out of an abusive relationship. She doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. She keeps herself apart and has a hard time making friends. Until she meets Henry. Henry has been keeping his family alive through a miraculous prayer for decades. He lives with his frail mother and his grandfather, while his brother is off “fighting in the war.” He prays with all his soul every night in order to keep something terrible happening to his family. Henry has kept the old-fashioned values he was raised with, since he and his family have had no contact with others since Henry started his prayer. Henry’s respectful attitude is hard for Amy to believe, but it is just the balm she needs to recover from her abusive relationship.
Amy’s abusive relationship has left her untrusting, hard to approach, and hurting inside. I enjoyed seeing her start to heal, seeing the way old-fashioned values and respect can have such a positive impact. Henry is such a good strong character. I enjoyed seeing his love for his family, and all that he was willing to sacrifice to keep his family safe. In the end, Amy changed Henry and his family as well. I’m not sure how I felt about the end of the story. I really liked Henry, so knowing he continued to do what he could to help Amy and love her was fabulous. But I didn’t love that his fate was left hanging. Everything was wrapped up nicely with Amy, showing how much One boy can change the lives of the people who follow. Then they give us more mist, nd the hint that Henry is still there. I didn’t like that. I did not want Henry to continue n a half-life in the mist forever, esp since he didn’t like it to begin with.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am really glad I got to read it. If you enjoy the kind of YA love story that doesn’t seem possible, love that is unselfish and old-fashioned, then this is a great book for you.