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Bittersweet in the Hollow

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Synopsis

In this beautifully dark and enthralling YA, four sisters with unusual talents investigate a mysterious disappearance in their secluded Appalachian town. For fans of House of Hollow and Wilder Girls!

In rural Caball Hollow, surrounded by the vast National Forest, the James women serve up more than fried green tomatoes at the Harvest Moon diner, where the family recipes are not the only secrets.

Like her sisters, Linden was born with an unusual ability. She can taste what others are feeling, but this so-called gift soured her relationship with the vexingly attractive Cole Spencer one fateful night a year ago… a night when Linden vanished into the depths of the Forest and returned with no memories of what happened, just a litany of questions—and a haze of nightmares that suggest there’s more to her story than simply getting lost.

Now, during the hottest summer on record, another girl in town is gone, and the similarities to last year’s events are striking. Except, this time the missing girl doesn’t make it home, and when her body is discovered, the scene unmistakably spells murder.

As tempers boil over, Linden enlists the help of her sisters to find what’s hiding in the forest . . . before it finds her. But as she starts digging for truth—about the Moth-Winged Man rumored to haunt the Hollow, about her bitter rift with Cole, and even about her family—she must question if some secrets are best left buried.

Synopsis source: amazon.com

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Review

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
HB&W Rating: 5
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I stumbled on this book by chance while browsing my library’s available audiobooks, and what a find! This book was an absolute delight!

Darkly enchanting, combining magical realism with a thrilling mystery, if you ever found the woods to be eerily enticing, the fear of getting lost in them great but not great enough to dissuade you from entering them, this book is for you. I kept getting Spells for Forgetting crossed with Whisper Man vibes. I loved the Appalachian small town setting and the myths and legends spun around it and how the author brought them to life in such a magical way. And the audio was fantastic!

It’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut! She expertly led us down twists and turns one bread crumb at a time like Hansel and Gretle. I cannot wait for the second book in this series, which focuses on another sister in this story!

If you’re a fan of magical realism, small town settings, mountain magic and woods, I highly recommend that you add this one to your TBR!

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