Pictures, ghosts, land developer…and April Rue Stoner
April Rue Stoner knew she was different. As a youngster, her father steered her away from
discovering this other side, a supernatural gifted side derived from her mother, making sure he kept her securely away from
that side of the family.
It’s only years later while
attending college and pursuing her love for photography does she begin to reconnect with her ‘gifted’ side. As
a photography student, she happens to capture spirits on film, but she’s not the only one who can see them.
When her father passes away, she
is drawn to her mother’s side of the family, especially her grandmother, who begins to enlighten her about her supernatural
gift. She learns this trait has been passed on through several generations of the Stoner family. Yet the day comes when her
vision will truly upset her. While staying with her grandmother, one particular picture she has taken depicts April’s
death with images of destruction surrounding the land and people she loves.
Throw in an added obstacle to
her already upheaval state; Trevor Dalton, a land developer, eager to claim not only surrounding areas on Blackburn County,
but also her grandmother’s land. One thing, however, that Trevor did not count on, was the strength of one woman to
stand in his way.
Lee’s writing voice is clear and precise…and
quite different. This fantasy is a different read from the regular books in this genre. Not only is it fantasy, paranormal,
but the pull into April’s life and the obstacles she will face is truly a dramatic read. And her descriptive details
of the Ozark hill in Arkansas brings the whole book into a visual delight.
If you are looking for a heroine to cheer right along her side, then A Dream of Drowned Hollow is the book you’ve
been searching for. And it’s no wonder it won the Andre Norton’s Gryphon Award. This ecological fiction book has
many attributes a reader will appreciate.
My only gripe throughout
was that it contained a lot of backstory. Other than that, I highly recommend this book as a must read.