When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.
Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.
First I would like to thank Tribute Books for allowing me to be a part of this tour. When I first read the blurb for this book I was intrigued by it. It is not a normal YA read and I would actually consider it a NA or New Adult book because of the issues it deals with. With that being said I have to say this story captured my heart and caused me to go threw a box of tissues. It tore at my heart and left me reeling with raw emotion.
Sophie does not know what the outside world is like. She is kept locked up in her father's house and she is not allowed to see the outside world. But Sophie is hiding a secret from her father and that is she has been seeing two boys who are her best friends and they decide to get her away from her father. As their friendship develops Sophie will lose one and cling to the other. The living brother falls in love with Sophie and tries to get her out of her house when he is attacked by the father and the police have to intervene.
Once the police get involved they figure out who Sophie is and they tell her she has been kidnapped and taken away from her mother. As she is returned to her mother the secrets start to unravel. What Sophie finds is that she will treated differently and people will treat her badly. As she struggles through her feelings and her uncovering of the secrets and lies she has to decide what she will do and who she can trust.
This is a must read but I must caution you that this book is full of raw emotions and issues that will tear at your heart. Thank you Brenda for writing such a great book and not being afraid to write what you felt. I really loved it and I know people will love it to.
MEET THE AUTHOR BRENDA STANLEY
Brenda Stanley is the former news anchor at her NBC affiliate KPVI in Eastern Iadho. Her writing has been recognized by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, the Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Brenda lived for two years in Ballard, Utah, within the Fort Duchesne reservation where the novel is set. She and her husband live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.
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