In SENECA LAKE, Meg is living her life at the beginning of the end of World War II. She really wants to date Hank, but her friend Arthur has caught her eye. Arthur who probably won’t finish high school, who isn’t serving in the army because he’s needed at home and is subject to lots of bullying for it. His father was no good and the bullies throw it up in his face all the time. Her family doesn’t think it will end well for Meg. They think Hank is the better choice and he would be a much better match for Meg but they don’t know who the real Hank is and neither does Meg for that matter.
Holy cow! What an awesome story SENECA LAKE is. I finished reading it with tears in my eyes, a huge lump in my throat, and a big stupid smile on my face. My emotions were all over the place. What an amazing story that is going to stay with me for a long long time. I found myself cheering for Arthur and Meg and praying they could find their happily ever after. Sometimes, it just doesn’t happen but I still had hope the whole time. I usually am reading many books at one time but once I started SENECA LAKE all other books were put aside. I was praying for Meg, wondering if tragedy would bring these two together or splinter them further apart. I finished reading the very last page with a huge lump in my throat and a big smile on my face! I can not wait to read more by Ms. Heebner.
The book description says that Meg’s grandparents urge her to give up her dream of Cornell, but I don’t think that it was a dream of Meg’s. I felt like all Meg wanted to do was spend time with Arthur. The way Arthur cares for Meg and protects her made my heart swoon. I love the way Emily Heebner wove in the Native American stories and heritage into Arthur’s stories. It was cute watching Meg and Arthur dance around their feelings for each other. Emily pulled me right in from the very beginning and never let me go. Even after I was finished reading, I found myself thinking of Meg and Arthur and all they went through.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
It’s 1944, and high school senior Meg Michaels has always obeyed her grandparents’ wishes, till now. They’re urging her to give up her dream of Cornell University and accept a ring from wealthy Hank Wickham before he deploys overseas.
But Meg has studied hard and yearns for something better than life in the rural Finger Lakes. Plus Meg’s suddenly fascinated with her childhood friend, Arthur Young, a handsome Seneca Indian farm worker. When Meg and Arthur nurse a sick puppy to health, their friendship transforms into love.
But locals look down on “injuns” and resent the fact that Arthur’s farm job exempts him from military duty. While the war rages in Europe, Meg and Arthur must fight their own battles at home…
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