By Hope Larson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010
Audience: All Teens
August 31, 5:15 PM, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Tara is running. She runs through her nice neighborhood and up a road to the burned ruins of what was once a beautiful house--her family's house. August 31, 1859, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Josey is picking blackberries with her friend Connie. As the girls gossip, a handsome stranger knocks on the door of Josey's house. His name is Asa, and with his coming, Josey's life--and later in time, Tara's as well--is about to change forever.
Because there is treasure in the woods that belong to Josey's family. Gold--an untold fortune. Asa has a secret way of finding it, and his partnership with Josey's father could make them all rich. But there is darkness in the woods, and in Asa. And in the present day, Tara, Josey's descendent, is about to discover the truth about what really happened in the family's past.
This book was fantastic. I loved it. I loved seeing the beginning of the story and how it came to be in the present day. I got so caught up in it - it had everything: high school drama, romance, history, treasure, and mystery. What more could a girl ask for??? Perhaps a trip to Nova Scotia? And Prince Edward Island while in the area? Well, I can dream.
Overall, Hope Larson is one of my new faves. Check her out!