Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?
When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.
Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.
I was given a copy of this book to review for the blog tour, and honestly, I had a hard time getting into it. I really think it just wasn't to my taste. The concept was great--a child who'd been kidnapped and raised in near-isolation, then having to re-enter the world? Sounds pretty interesting! It's just, well, I had a hard time getting into the voice of the novel. And I found myself wanting to cajole the characters to get Sophie some hard-core counseling. No one goes through that and then is just left with their family without having some serious therapy.... I also struggled with the religious aspect of the book, as I have a large portion of family from a small, LDS community, and I didn't feel like they were portrayed very accurately. Anyhow, interesting concept, and definitely some tough issues to tackle, but just not my cup-o-tea.
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