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Can love last beyond the grave?
is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her
career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her
heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her
spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only
driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous
Uprooting her from her Manhattan
apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s
solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is
restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s
history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it
turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie
ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that
she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident
golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a
handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a
hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost
nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?
62 comments posted.
Re: The Splendor Falls
this author sound interesting and the book she is currently writing sounds like it might be worth looking at
(Diane Sadler 6:54pm July 5, 2009)
The Splendor Falls, sounds really good.
(Cindy Madson 5:40pm July 6, 2009)
As I sit here reading your blurb and eating lunch at the same time....
There's a mystery writer called Joanna Fluke and all her titles are food related:
Fudge Cupcake Murder,Blueberry Muffin Murder; you get the picture and her books are really nice and funny too.
(Diane Sadler 2:46pm September 10, 2009)
Jerrilyn Farmer's The Flaming Luau of Death. A mystery. We had her for bookclub last year, I think. Seems like there were some really good chicken lollipop shaped things in it that we all wanted the recipe for.
Of course, if you want to go extreme on your diet, read Linda Howard's To Die For and make yourself some Krispy Kreme donut bread pudding....now that was definitely to die for!
(Summer Sharp 3:17pm September 10, 2009)
There's another mystery writer named Nancy Fairbanks who writes the Culinary Food Writer series with some wonderful titles: Mozzarella Most Murderous; Bon Bon Voyage; Crime Brulee; Death A L'Orange. Are you tempted yet?
(Cheryl Snyder 3:40pm September 10, 2009)
I love books with food in
them! I actually just read a
great book by a new author
about a chef and a food
critic. Can't Stand The Heat
by Louisa Edwards. Great
recipes in the back of the
(Erin Thompson 3:50pm September 10, 2009)
Rosemary even at 54 I'm a picky eater and HATE cooking with the kids gone and I'm on my own I'm a free spirit when it comes to food. My meal of the Day maybe is at 1am or I maybe eating an eclare at 10am. I'm rarely driven by reading, what sets me off is scents like a lily of the valley candle or a slight night breeze outside in the middle of the night. And I experience Dejavu of my Grandmother's house and pick up a candle and one of my childhood favorites she made me at a 24hr grocery.
(Susan Lathen 3:51pm September 10, 2009)
The Flaming Luau of Death has VAULTED to the top of my list of favorite titles ever. *awesome*!
Erin-- I love Lousia Edwards. She's a great writer (and awfully sweet, too).
Diane-- Now that you mention it, there are a lot of mysteries with food themes and recipes in the back. In one of the Claire Malloy mysteries by Joan Hess, a character even makes a joke about it. (I think it was a Joan Hess book.)
Susan-- As much as I hate the hot, there's this scent of dry grass and hot dust that takes me right back to being on the ranch with my dad. (And that's without the horse and cow smells.)
Thanks for commenting, y'all!
(Rosemary Clement-Moore 5:04pm September 10, 2009)
*drool* Breakfast cheesecake! :D
In Mindy Klasky's Jane Madison trilogy(paranormal chicklit), the main character spends a good amount of time at her best friend's bakery, Cake Walk, which is famous for many delectable offerings such as Lemon Grenades, Ginger-Butterscotch Dreams, Fusion Swirls, Bunny Bites and Almond Lust(shortbread with rich chewy caramel and dark Valrhona chocolate cradling sliced almonds). I'd totally lust for Almond Lust if I wasn't allergic to almonds. Heh! Mindy's got a Cake Walk Bakery charity calendar for sale featuring real recipes(some Cake Walk ones, some faves provided by a variety of authors). :)
(Jacqueline Lam 5:12pm September 10, 2009)
This is a stunning article about the way Rosemary writes for teen audiences without talking down to them. It's amazing how she brings up topics that are dear to my heart. Nancy Drew to Carl Kolchak the Night Stalker, hit the mark to describe the type of literature I want to direct my daughter to.
(Susan Lathen 7:22pm September 10, 2009)
Rosemary Clement-Moore: Thank you for your post and your request for comments.
The best-known example of food-driven fiction I can recall is Marcel Proust's "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu". The protagonist dips a piece of cake in a cup of coffee. He eats it and remembers the first time he tasted it. This triggers a flood of recollections which he goes on and on about.
As for food as a plot device in popular fiction, right now I can't think of any. But then, I haven't been on the lookout for any. When I'm reading romance fiction, I'm paying attention to a certain other type of hunger!
Sincerely, Mary Anne Landers
(Mary Anne Landers 2:22am September 11, 2009)
Some authors put such description into their writing about food that you can actually taste it as your reading. That is a really great cover on this book, by the way.
(Joanne Reynolds 6:42am September 11, 2009)
I love the Potluck Club Series by Linda Evans Shepard and Eva Marie Everson. There is a recipe for each chapter so by the end of each book you have a bunch of recipes to try. Really yummy recipes too.
(Cherie Japp 10:00am September 11, 2009)
Carol Nelson Douglas has been making delicious alcoholic drinks in her Delilah Street series. Also chocolates. I don't drink but I'm half tempted to try the "Vampire's Kiss". She even gives us the recipe. (All the other authors I can think of do shoes, clothes, and cars! lol)
(Gloria Oliver 11:14am September 11, 2009)
I've enjoyed Diana Mott Davidson books and the food that is created.
(Linda Farrar 1:08pm September 11, 2009)
I think it's great you ate cheesecake for breakfast! I have done it once or twice myself! ;-)
Thank you for the entry.
(Freda Mans-Labianca 1:27pm September 11, 2009)
Eating and reading! What more could a person want!
(Marjorie Carmony 1:39pm September 11, 2009)
Any of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series where hero and heroine Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke are involved - there's ALWAYS chocolate syrup!!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 2:13pm September 11, 2009)
The last book I read with food was Menu for Romance By Kaye Dacus. The food sounded very tasty. As for cheesecake I could eat that anytime.
(Theresa Buckholtz 2:22pm September 11, 2009)
In Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, the bounty hunter, Stephanie is always pigging out, a true junk food junkie. The food joints are mentioned in almost every chase. Even Stephanie's boyfriend, Joe & her family have big old fashioned dinners together.
(Donna Petrilla 2:24pm September 11, 2009)
I'd rather "eat" books than food. So I can't really tell you about any special food in books. However, the famous "Tom Jones" film eating-seduction scene definitely came to my mind. I read the book, too, but can't remember if this delectable meal was portrayed by Henry Fielding, or if the director or screenwriter thought it up.
And cheesecake is my absolutely favorite dessert or treat for any time, anywhere.
(Sigrun Schulz 4:06pm September 11, 2009)
cheesecake apple pie any kind of pie for breakfast is a good way to start the day....
Love the Idea.......
(Ann w 4:37pm September 11, 2009)
I am looking forward to reading Louisa Edwards' book, 'Can't Stand the Heat' which is a culinary romance. I also enjoy JoAnna Carl's chocolate mystery series. Food and books what a great combination!
(Rosemary Krejsa 7:32pm September 11, 2009)
Call me corny, but I used to enjoy Fannie Flagg's books just for the southern cuisine. I loved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Mmm...yellow cornmeal, vinegary, salty fried tomatoes. Smokehouse meat, meringue pies, soda biscuits. Yum!
(Jenny Martin 8:11pm September 11, 2009)
Yey,Cheesecake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!!!!!
(Audra Holtwick 8:55pm September 11, 2009)
Delicious by Sherry Thomas had food descriptions that were luscious and a wonderful romance to boot.
(G. Bisbjerg 9:09pm September 11, 2009)
Well, let's see. Some of my favourites have already been mentioned (Diane Mott Davidson, Joanna Fluke, JoAnn Carl), so here are some more (my apologies, but I can't remember the authors of all of these series): There is a mystery series set in Pennsylvania Dutch country, with the main character being the owner of a B&B; Mary Daheim has a B&B series set in Seattle, also with lots of gourmet food; Another B&B series set in upstate New York, where one of the sisters who own it is a gourmet chef; a trio of romances based around a family bakery in Seattle, where the main heroine in the first one is a concert pianist who gets such bad stage fright, she's going to stop performing (boy, can I relate to THAT!), the other two books revolve around her sisters; and somewhat outside of the "romance/mystery/thriller/sci-fi/fantasy" sections, ANYTHING by M.F.K. Fisher, one of the last century's best writers about food and life. Julia Child's books on her life with food are great, too. And while we're on the subject of Julia Child, how about "Julie & Julia"? Lots of food there, too!
OK, I've got to go eat dinner now. I'm starving!!
(Lynn Rettig 9:37pm September 11, 2009)
Your book sounds really great Rosemary. One of my favorite books is Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Moning and there love lasts and travels through centuries and lasted.
(Dena Walton 10:35pm September 11, 2009)
I find myself eating more when I read the Stephanie Plum books (J Evanovich). Stephanie and Lulu eat their way through the story, and it makes me crave donuts.
(Vikki Parman 10:47pm September 11, 2009)
I'm sure I've read books that feature great food in the story but I can't think of any right now. After reading your post I have a craving and will be going to get a snack now. Bye!!
(Jenny Ng 11:16pm September 11, 2009)
Dying For Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson comes immediately to my mind. I bought this for the title - relevant to my way of thinking - & was not dissapointed at all.
(Mary Preston 12:45pm September 12, 2009)
Great post. While for a great title The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is hard to beat, but the food umm not so good. However, I loved the Madeline Bean Culinary Mystery series by Jerrilyn Farmer. Talk about some good food.
(Donna Simmonds 2:32am September 12, 2009)
I love the Tea Shop Mystery series, by Laura Childs. Not only is are they a fun read, they are always whipping up some fantastic foods to be served in the Tea shop. I especially love that Laura includes some of the recipes at the end of her books.
(Robin McKay 10:20am September 12, 2009)
This sounds good I'll have to read them.
(Penney Wilfort 11:24am September 12, 2009)
I have gotten to read it yet, but, it's on my list to be read.
(Lisa Glidewell 7:30pm November 19, 2009)
I haven't read Splendor Falls, but would like to!
(Brenda Rupp 7:59pm November 19, 2009)
The book sounds wonderful.
(Brenda Rupp 8:01pm November 19, 2009)
The Splendor Falls sounds wonderful.
(Mary Preston 8:32pm November 19, 2009)
Have not heard of her books, but they sound interesting.
(Karin Tillotson 8:54pm November 19, 2009)
Until this evening I was not familiar the author but am now looking forward to reading Splendor Falls.
(Mildred Mayo 9:33pm November 19, 2009)
Have not yet read it, but it certainly
sounds like one I need to check out for
our library. Will have to check on her
other books too. She sounds really good.
(Patricia Barraclough 11:22pm November 19, 2009)
No, I have not read it.
(Vikki Parman 10:18am November 20, 2009)
I definitely want to read the book, sounds very interesting.
(Theresa Buckholtz 1:06pm November 20, 2009)
The name, Splendor Falls, makes it sound like it's a stupendous place. I enjoy the medical references, too.
(Alyson Widen 5:48pm November 20, 2009)
No, I haven't read this yet but thanks a lot for extending my TBR list even more! LOL Seriously, though, after reading what you wrote I think this is going straight to the top of the list. Especially since I am familiar with some of her work & agree that she is a talented author!
(Dawn Detkowski 4:46am November 21, 2009)
I really like the sound of this book and I know my daughter will, too.
(Patsy Hagen 12:57pm December 1, 2009)
the cover of the splendor falls is beautiful... i love it. i would love to win this book for my younger sister--she just turned 13 on the 27th of Nov. and this would be a great late birthday present for her, a book lover like me :)
(Michelle Santiago 1:36am December 1, 2009)
I always love young adult fiction it reminds me of what it was like to be just starting out when everything was brand new. This would make a great gift for my student worker.
(Anne Clark 9:49am December 1, 2009)
A gift for my daughter who loves anything Austin.
(Karin Tillotson 10:07am December 1, 2009)
I would really love to win this
book for my daughter, who needs
a way to unwind from her nursing
studies at college.
(Margay Roberge 10:24am December 1, 2009)
I think my Granddaughter would love this book. Shes improved her grades at school and deserves a special treat.
(Theresa Buckholtz 10:37am December 1, 2009)
what a wonderful sounding book and I like the cover too. My daughter and her new 13 y.o. step-daughter would enjoy this
(Barbs Ferris 11:20am December 1, 2009)
The book sounds like a real attention grabber. I'd like it for my "grand son in law" who is a 6th grade teacher. He is just the best..all he asked for last Christmas was books (used or new) for his class. He's gotten a lot of non readers reading! This book should be a good temptation !!
(Jill Merriott 1:04pm December 1, 2009)
OOPS!! That last comment was from Jean Merriott (Me)My daughter Jill & I share a computer! She's too young for a Grand son in law!! :) lol Jean Merriott firstname.lastname@example.org
(Jill Merriott 1:10pm December 1, 2009)
This book sounds wonderful! I would love to give it to my sister as a special treat!
(Lisa Glidewell 5:56pm December 1, 2009)
I loved Pride and Prejudice. I could see my youngest daughter enjoying this book.
(Gigi Hicks 7:37pm December 1, 2009)
I'd like to share this one with my hip
(Sue Ahn 11:12pm December 1, 2009)
I would really love to be able to gift this to my daughter-in-law. She works full-time., has two babies and never ever stops. Perhaps a great book could help her stop and relax a bit.
(Barbara Ramirez 11:48pm December 1, 2009)
I know my great niece would love this book. She just started reading books this past year and I try to get them for her. Reading is a good thing and young people don't read enough this day in time.
(Gail Hurt 4:26pm December 2, 2009)
I would like to share this with my sister because we both love reading and thise book sounds great.
(Stacey Brucale 4:58pm December 2, 2009)
I would love to gift this book to my daughter. Now, if I could only gift her the time to read it??? She's so busy with her new baby and job.
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