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Save to Collection Create your free account to use Collections Save and organize all the images you need for your projects with Collections. Share Collections to anyone by email or to other Shutterstock users. In conclusion - if this book had just been about how Bess, after being almost-expelled from her boarding school due to a drunken bout brought on by who-cares-what but the hallucination did not even seem a convincing inducement and forced to live in a small town with her control-freak, self-obsessed mother whilst assisting her father to save his business and maybe striking up a friendship and eventual romantic relationship with a boy she knew from her youth who had teased her and bullied her mercilessly, but now "grown up" and had her mother hijack the relationship - it would have been an excellent teenage drama, filled with personality clashes and bittersweet angst, worhty of four or five stars.
But no, Beale had to ruin it by trying to toss in a half-pie supernatural edge that turned it into instead a saccharine mess.
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It's only getting three stars because I loved the way Bess interacted with the factory workers and because of her spiteful mother. She also sees images from a different time, lovers, and the girl, she's sure is, was, herself.
When she meets Nick she recognises him as the boy. There's an immediate connection.
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However when her father nearly dies from a heart attack there's no time to brood as Bess tries to save her father's business. She falls in love with Nick but her difficult mother interferes, forcing Bess to make the hardest decision of her life. She must decide whether to lose her mother or the boy she loves"--Publisher's website.
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