Harmony Valley opens with heartbreak – a desperate, bereft friend in this beautiful place among kindly people, trying to reach her best friend. Emma and Tracy were childhood friends, separated by an accident and then, more purposefully, by Tracy’s determined brother.
This story is heart-wrenching. The sadness, self-doubt and guilt Emma feels marks her with an injury of sorts, too. She’s reaches out, over and over to Tracy, but Will is too clever, too determined and …something more. Anger and recrimination abound: there seems no hope for forgiveness, for excuses, for any once thing to help resolve everyone’s desperate unhappiness.
Every moment is emotional. The plight of the charming town and its people form part of the story – indeed, the town is much more than mere background. Folks are attached to their little town and torn about the direction of potential ‘progress.’ Will seems to be on the wrong side of everything, yet, is he entirely wrong? Curtis’ wonderful characters jump right off these pages and involve you in their feelings throughout. You’ll find yourself hoping for resolution (in more than one aspect) and also frustrated for Emma, more than once!
This is a charming read, fresh and original, that will pull at your heartstrings. Do read.
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