Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie van Riijn sees no harm in setting up a rooftop weather station for her work with the newly established Weather Bureau. While the villagers are suspicious of the mysterious estate and its tragic history, Sophie has come to see it as her own enchanted piece of paradise.
The first Vandermark to return to the area in sixty years, Quentin intends to put an end to the shadowy rumors about the property that has brought nothing but trouble upon his family. Ready to tear down the mansion, he is furious to discover Sophie trespassing on his land.
Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie yet find common ground when she is the only one who can reach his troubled son. There's a light within Sophie that Quentin has never known, and a small spark of the hope that left him years ago begins to grow. But when the secrets of Dierenpark can no longer be kept in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail?
This book was really quite interesting. I found the concept of the story very different to ones I have read before and the ending was not at all what I expected. So all in all this book kept me on my toes. I like the relationship that forms between Quentin and Sophie. They are polar opposites but that's what makes their story work.
The description of the food Sophie made in the book, made my mouth water. Shame there wasn't the odd recipe of two included in the book. Also found the information about the Weather Bureau interesting and something that you don't often read about.
Stars out of 5 : 4.5 I really enjoyed this book . Found it very descriptive and enough things happening to want to read more.
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