Friday, September 16, 2011
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
Abby Edmunds’s senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He’s mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she’s ever met before. Abby can’t deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.
This book drew me in from the beginning. Lisa's imagery makes you feel as though you're right there in the book. You experience Abby's thoughts and emotions, from her frustration of being stifled by family and her boyfriend, to the feelings of wanting to be free and the chance to make spontaneous choices. And then Dante walks into the picture. Dante's character is so intriguing that you just want to know all of his secrets. Every time he pulls away, you have to know why.
After finishing the book at 1:51 AM last night, I went to bed wanting to pull The Golden Spiral, her second book, off of the shelf. I didn't want the story to end. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone that enjoys reading. It has all of the elements that I enjoy in a book and I can't wait to get back into the world of Abby and Dante.
You can purchase the book here: Amazon
or here: Deseret Book
Her website is here