At age fifteen Jenni Ann had always thought she was sturdy, strong and stable. Until the horrific night her family was ripped away from her she could never have imagined life without them.
The secret she holds torments her. She even stops talking to her best friend. But she finds new friends when she meets Rickie and Kiara in the alley. They show her another way to feel better, rolled up and lit with a lighter. But even feeling good has a way of ruining you when you're with the wrong crowd. She has to get help!
Through her painting and visiting the old homeplace her Pappy built in the North Georgia Mountains peace might become hers. Then, the handsome Ashton Holt Parker, Jr. enters her life and she knows that love and happiness could be hers if he doesn't discover her secret and her lies from her dark past. Is the secret she is hiding really the reason for The Night or is there still danger out there waiting, waiting for her? Waiting for them?
A crisp autumn breeze shakes the leaves as they twirl and twist, some staying firmly on their graceful oak limbs while others are spun lazily to the ground that is their destiny. Jenni Ann had always thought she was the sturdy leaf holding on strong. But like the leaf that doesn't stay on the limb will she ultimately spin in the twisting wind out of control to her fate?
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
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When I agreed to read this book, I thought that I was signing up for a light, fun read with maybe a little drama. Yes, it was still light and fun, but the plot was actually a lot thicker than I expected it to be, stemming from conflicts that are decades old. I have been in a reading slump for a while, but this book made me want to read it to the end that I stayed up until 4 or 5am to finish it. Although I think it would have gone a lot better if I hadn’t read the long synopsis (not the one above). <blockquote>“Pappy? I ask when they get there. “Why don’t my crayons look like these colors?” “Well you see Little Nugget,” he replied. “These here colors, these are real special. These are made by God’s crayons.”</blockquote> Jenni Ann was such an adorable child that I was easily endeared to her, especially when stories about her were told throughout the book. She was sweet and funny, but sadly I can’t say the same for her teenage years, especially after the tragedy that befell her family. She made a lot of mistakes before she was able to make things better, but once she has found her passion for painting, her life started looking up again. But there’s more to her life than she knows it and she has to look at her family’s past to find out. I think that Clea’s writing style was easy to follow. The book was told in two POVs with timelines that skipped a lot between childhood to adulthood. However, I think that the prose was quite simple that I was able to breeze through the book. Her writing was wonderful, especially when she describes the scenery or paintings that Jenni Ann sees or creates as an artist. I feel the colors come alive, and she has instilled this sense of wonder over such beauties. She was also able to make me laugh out loud a couple of times, and kept me holding on until the end. Although I think there were a couple of cliches and predictable plot points. I think may have given away too much already somewhere in the middle and I already knew where the book was going. I still read it through anyway. I already mentioned above how I liked the heroine, Jenni Ann, despite all the wrong things she did. I also liked a lot of the other characters as well. I must admit though that I was quite doubtful about Ashton’s character at first. I think he was a bit too straightforward, although he is a reporter so maybe that has something to do with it. Will was also a really good character. I also liked him as a child. Although he also had a lot of problems, he was still a good person all throughout. I must say though that I think Jenni and Will’s relationship should have been fleshed out more before that big thing in the end. ************************************************** OVERALL, Burning Gold is an entertaining and effortless read with a thicker plot than the cover suggests. A lot was revealed early on that it was easy to tell where the story was going, but the characters and writing made me easily finish it. Despite the tragedies and drama, I would still say that this was a light read so I would recommend it if you were looking for something like that. P.S. It’s a little good for reading slumps or book hangovers if you just want to finish something quickly. :P