Sunday, June 15, 2008
Francey by Martin Dubow
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
"At its heart, a love story or three, Francey is moreover a tale of mystery, betrayal, murder, and sorrow."
Francey is a mature beyond her years sixth grader who has an incredibly close bond to her father Rick. Rick is a fabulously known architect who has recently been asked to build a manor for Lord Crimson who is a rich and sorrowful member of English royalty. But Rick is not to build just any manor. He has been asked to build a manor that imitates a seventeenth century manor that keeps showing up in Lord Crimson's dreams that practically haunt him every day. Meanwhile, Francey is having these horrible nightmares that somehow turn out to be memories.
It turns out that Francey has taken on the persona of Susan Sebastian, a seventeenth century noblewoman. And Francey's nightmares are about her lover, Edward Delaney who was murdered because of their love. Francey also takes on one of Susan Sebastian's amazing attributes; her ability to draw amazingly well. But if Francey's nightmares continue at the force with which they are coming on something terrible is bound to happen. With the help of Lizzie (Francey's teacher) and Alex (Lizzie's younger brother) will Rick be able to save Francey in time?
Oh my goodness, this book was amazing! It was a pretty quick read but great just the same. It covered everything readers love; mystery, love, betrayal, murder. Not to mention the fact that the characters themselves were amazing. Rick and Francey's relationship was just perfect for this book along with Lizzie and Alex's relationship as well. Francey was such a strong and loveable character from the beginning. I absolutely adored her. I loved all the suspense and mystery in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about the seventeenth century and artistry. And of course anyone who loves a great love story. I can't wait for Martin's next book!