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Blurb (from Goodreads):
The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?
But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA story about a girl left behind after her mother ran away.
I felt quite sorry for Ivy, especially when her mother came back and wouldn’t even admit that she was her daughter! Being abandoned like that, and feeling mediocre because she didn’t have a ‘gift’ was really hard for her, and learning that her mother hadn’t abandoned her other two daughters just made things worse.
The storyline in this was about Ivy’s mother and two younger sisters coming home, and treating Ivy like their sister/aunt rather than their daughter/sister. We also got a bit of family history, and a bit of romance, although this did turn into a bit of a love triangle.
The ending to this was okay, although not a lot really seemed to happen in this book. We got some past mistakes hashed out a bit, and a bit of romance, but not a lot else really.
6 out of 10