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The Clearing by Heather Davis (Book Review 2010-79)

Product Description

In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.
     Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae’s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school.
     Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist—Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, she’s starting to fall for him.
     But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, it’s still 1944. By some miracle, Henry and his family are stuck in the past, staving off the tragedy that will strike them in the future. Amy’s crossing over to Henry’s side brings him more happiness than he’s ever known—but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence.
     In The Clearing, author Heather Davis crafts a tender and poignant tale about falling in love, finding strength, and having the courage to make your own destiny—a perfect book to slip into and hide away for awhile.

About the Author

HEATHER DAVIS is the author of Never Cry Werewolf. She lives in Seattle.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547263678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547263670

This is unique take on the paranormal romances being written for young adults.  I have to say that this one grabbed my attention and was a quick read.  It wasn't quite a ghost story not a time travel but it nicely carved a path in between the two.  There is some discussion of abusive relationships and that the main character of Amy overcomes her issues with the support of her Aunt Mae and a boy named Henry she meets in a clearing that isn't really living in the same era.  There is a nice twist at the end that surprised me.  Overall, this would be a great book for older teens since it discusses abuse, sexual situations and drugs and firmly points teens in the right direction. 


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I love paranormal romances.

  2. Sounds interesting. I love WWII era lit, and a paranormal twist makes historical fiction all the more interesting!

  3. I completely agree with your review, The Clearing was one of the sweetest books I've ever read. It really made me smile, and though I would've obviously preferred another ending, it made sense!

  4. I am really intrigued by the time-travel/paranormal aspect of this book. It looks pretty good.

  5. Sounds interesting--I may have to add this to my TBR list!


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