Author: Shannon McCrimmon
Published Date: November 20, 2013
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Author Website: http://shannonmccrimmon.com
Shannon McCrimmon is a wonderfully talented author with which I have had the pleasure and opportunity to review for. I instantly fell in love with her first two books, The Summer I Learned to Dive (my review can be found at: http://endlessdaysofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-summer-i-learned-to-dive-by-shannon.html) and it's sequel, The Year I Almost Drowned (my review: endlessdaysofbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-year-i-almost-drowned-by-shannon.html.) I became very excited upon learning that Shannon McCrimmon had a new book coming out, The Days Lost.
The Days Lost is a novel that is very unique and differs greatly from McCrimmon's prior books. Based in present day North Carolina, The Days Lost focuses on college freshman Ellie, who is grieving the loss of her mother. Ellie, along with her father and brother Jonah, have left their home in Florida to vacation and heal at their mountain retreat. One morning while running off of a beaten trail Ellie stumbles upon a strange family whose cabin is well hidden from hikers. Instead of turning around and leaving, Ellie's curiosity gets the best of her when she observes Sam, a beautiful male with an angelic voice. Ellie soon finds herself in the home of Sam and his old fashioned family and discovers a secret that seems unreal.
The Days Lost features a heartwarming friendship that morphs into a romance between Ellie and Sam. Sam, in his own gentle way, helps Ellie deal with the grief that she has been bottling up. In return, Ellie sets off with Sam to solve a mystery that has the potential to turn his family's life upside down and inside out. The Days Lost also has a shocking twist that literally left me reeling.
I especially loved reading about the relationship between Ellie and Jonah. They constantly bickered and fought but were hugely protective of each other when it counted. Having suffered through the loss of their mother, each were dealing with issues but still managed to be there for one another when no one else was. You could easily see how much they loved and counted on one another.
Shannon McCrimmon's The Days Lost is a well written, suspenseful and romantic young adult novel that is a quite a page turner! I would love to see a sequel that deals with Sam's family acclimating into modern society as well as exploring Sam and Ellie's blossoming relationship. If you are looking for an interesting read, The Days Lost is the book for you!