Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.
One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.
I loved everything about this book, from the characters, to the plot, and the beautiful writing.I love how the end of the prologue ties up with the epilogue; it was very fitting to see it end that way. Is it wrong that I want to see how things will play out after that change?
Eleanor is written in third person in many POV's but mainly Eleanors, and in four parts. In the beginning we meet Eleanor's grandmother, who she is named after. Grandmother Eleanor wanted to be an Olympic swimmer, but end up pregnant, from there, well from what I can tell, her depression started. To help her cope she goes out swimming in the ocean every Sunday with her husband Hob, who is twenty years older than her. After an accident, they find out that Grandmother Eleanor is pregnant, which drives her deeper into her depression. During a rain storm she goes out to the sea and doesn't come back.
In part one we meet Agnes, Grandmother Eleanor daughter she left behind. And instantly you can tell that her mother death still effected her. She doesn't know how to be a mother, since she really didn't have a mother. I can't imagine how she felt mentally with twins, twice the trouble. She, Esmeralda, and Eleanor are running late to pick up Paul, their husband/father, when they get into a car accident which kills Esme. From then on everything changes, Paul leaves, Agnes becomes a drunk and is horrible to Eleanor. Which I think is due to her being named after her grandmother.
In this part, Eleanor falls into three dream worlds and doesn't know what is going on and why it's happening. We also meet Mea, the Keeper of the Valley, Aunt Gerry, and Efah.
Finally doing on trip with Jack she finally goes to the Rift, which Mea wanted her to do for a long time. They finally meet, but it's only briefly, because Eleanor grew afraid of Mea, because Mea wouldn't tell her what she wanted. Two years has passed, even though it felt like only minutes to Eleanor. I have to say a few hours after that she goes back to the Rift and wants to know what is going. There she finds out who Mea is and they proceed to start changing the past.
Oh boy do you find out who certain people are and to say I was shock would be an understatement. I should of guessed one of them, but I missed the clues, but the other one, I wouldn't have guessed at all.
I can't get enough of this book. It's so beautiful. I don't know how much I can say this. I highly recommend this book, just read it. If you're thinking about picking it up, just do it, you won't regret it.
I received this book for review from Blogging For Books.
About The Author
JASON GURLEY is the author of Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and the fiction collection Deep Breath Hold Tight, among other works. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Loosed Upon the World and Help Fund My Robot Army!!! He was raised in Alaska and Texas, and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.