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Länge: 324 Seiten Word Wise: Aktiviert Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
Sprache: Englisch



Thirteen years ago, Holly’s nine-year-old sister, Rachel, disappeared without a trace. Thirteen years ago, Holly left her hometown. Thirteen years ago, Holly’s first love and high school boyfriend, Houston, was the only suspect. Now, another girl has disappeared. Holly is back, and so is Houston—never charged and still proclaiming his innocence. Can she trust him? Should she trust him?
When out-of-work banking executive Holly McCann moves to the rural mountain town of White Cove, Virginia to care for her dying mother, the past collides with the present. A violent crime against her nine-year-old neighbor evokes memories of the eerily similar disappearance of her sister thirteen years earlier. Holly is thrilled by the arrival of her estranged brother, Oliver, but concerned by his mysterious behavior. She is befriended by the new minister, Jonah, an outsider haunted by his own painful past, but it is Houston Phelps, the only person arrested for the disappearance of her sister, who forces Holly to confront the past and start living in the present.
“Don’t miss this compelling story of love, loss, and redemption! A real winner!” –Haywood Smith, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE RED HAT CLUB, LADIES OF THE LAKE, and WAKING UP IN DIXIE.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1054 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • Verlag: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (28. September 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Von simone h am 24. Juli 2014
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Hab den Klappentext gar nicht gelesen, wusste also gar nicht um was es geht. Die Geschichte ist unglaublich gut geschrieben und ich konnte den Schmerz mitfühlen, musste auch die eine oder andere Träne wegwischen... Sehr schön!
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HASH(0x9265e06c) von 5 Sternen Vivid Descriptions, Elegant Writing, and a Great Mystery! 16. April 2014
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As I was reading this book two words kept coming to mind—vivid and elegant. Laura Templeton has a true gift for setting, characters, and imagery, giving her use of language an elegance that made me savor each page. It’s a great mystery, too. On the surface, it’s about Holly McCann returning to her hometown to care for her dying mother. The family drifted apart after Holly’s nine year old sister, Rachael, disappeared 13 years earlier. Soon after her arrival, a neighbor’s child goes missing which propels Holly into a quest to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance. But this book is so much deeper—it’s also the portrayal of a family splintered by tragedy, the longing of lost love, the pain of breached trust, the toll that unresolved sadness, guilt, and anger take, and the hope of redemption. Laura Templeton skillfully taps into the motivations and emotions of the characters to convey how each bears the hurt of Rachael’s disappearance in a different way. The characters have depth and, despite their flaws, they are sympathetic and engaging. I didn’t want this book to end and look forward to reading more Laura Templeton novels.
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HASH(0x92ea1218) von 5 Sternen An engaging, thoughtful debut. 16. Oktober 2013
Von Stephanie Hao - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Well, color me impressed.

I had the pleasure of reading "Something Yellow" not too long ago, and was very glad I did. At first glance, I wasn't sure that it'd be something I'd be interested in, as it's not my typical reading material, but the novel turned out to be one of those rare page-turners that kept me reading during every spare moment until I reached the end, a day or two later. Ms. Templeton's writing style is reminiscent of such authors as Donna Tartt and Barbara Kingsolver—she possesses a facility with imagery and words that lends authenticity to her characters and plot without making them obvious or trite, which happens all too often with such a specific semi-fictional location. Ms. Templeton has done her research well, though, and she depicts a rural Appalachian town without resorting to stereotype or caricature, instead painting a very real portrait of a woman, her small hometown, and the various personalities who inhabit it.

While its plot is fairly straightforward, "Something Yellow" is a bit difficult to categorize, as it falls into many different genres, including magical realism, women's fiction, mystery, and even Southern gothic before the novel's close. But for me, the characters are what drive the story forward. Holly is a very imperfect heroine—she is stubborn, obstinate, and prone to jumping to conclusions. These are flaws that make her human, though, and more sympathetic as she navigates her way through the tangle of family secrets and shame that lurk in her past. I was completely drawn into her search for answers to the mystery of her sister Rachel's disappearance, and what her ex-boyfriend Houston might have had to do with it. Even more intriguing were the links to the current missing child, and how the weight of Holly's (and her brother Oliver's) past affects the storyline as it builds to a heart-stopping climax and conclusion.

I like to have answers to the majority of the questions raised in a mystery, and Ms. Templeton does an excellent job of fulfilling that wish here as she explores questions of truth, family, chance, and home, along with writing a thoroughly engaging, quality novel. I'd recommend this book to anyone, but especially those in the market for a well-written read with a great plot, excellent characters, and a satisfying denouement. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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HASH(0x950d96f0) von 5 Sternen Beautiful Writing, Realistic Plot 12. November 2013
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To be entirely honest, I opened this book and expected to hate it. The plot sounded intriguing and the cover was pretty, but the pages were so dense. The margins and the words were both teeny tiny, and the first paragraph seemed to set the stage for the rest of the book: difficult to read. Once I read further, though, I became accustomed to the writing style and completely fell in love with it. The story was full of realistic ups and downs of an average person’s life. I enjoyed every second of it, and now I wish the book was even longer!

The first thing that shocked me was the word choice. All the sentences knitted together created an eloquent book filled to the brim with figurative language and vivid images. I’m a girl who loves words. I have a list of favorite words. It’s one of the reasons I love writing so much: I can use large words and intricate sentences. If I walked through school using the same language I do in text, I guarantee I’d get some confused glances coming my way. Laura Templeton created a novel which never ceased to amaze me in her writing. All throughout the book, I literally highlighted the words and phrases I enjoyed. And trust me, not only the cover is yellow anymore. Page upon page is filled with my neon highlighter marks because of all the beautiful language. She really made the magnificence of the mountains and the emotions of the characters come alive.

The book is about one women’s experiences when she comes home to her Virginia mountain home to help her mother’s death through her cancer. Holly, the main character, had a sister who mysteriously disappeared 13 years back, and her family was never the same again. Her father died with a heavy heart a few years earlier, and her brother distanced himself completely from their family. Her mother didn’t just lose one child that day, she lost all three. Holly and Oliver both detached themselves from their roots and scurried off to make their own lives, never completely happy. During the book, Holly juggles caring for her mother and facing the secrets of her past, finally figuring out what really happened when her sister disappeared– and much, much more.

The characters are what really make the book. The writing style creates a strong bond with Holly and all the hardships she goes through. You see her confusion to trust others, her guilt gnawing at her heart, and the happiness she feels being home again. Some authors seem to throw obstacles at their characters while the readers sit back and watch the characters jump through impossible hoops with no connection at all. In Something Yellow, Templeton creates real problems with real solutions and real reactions. She doesn’t just toss problems into the book and mix it up; she illustrates a situation that could very readily happen. Doing this all while keeping the book unique is truly a large feat to overcome.

If you ever want to broaden your vocabulary, I definitely recommend picking up this book. Not only does she use fun words and elaborate images, she writes a book that’s easy to understand and exciting to follow. The plot molds an original situation with powerful characters to make a read that will be hard to put down.

Warning: Expect to be entirely submersed in the story!!!
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HASH(0x92747564) von 5 Sternen Haunting Story 29. März 2014
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading this book- I'm from the mountains of Southwest Virginia and it was a refreshing change not to have my people depicted as lazy, uneducated, toothless in-breeders. The characters were well-rounded, successful, and intelligent. The story was part mystery, part supernatural, with a little romance thrown in. All those elements made for a haunting tale.
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HASH(0x926cc8a0) von 5 Sternen A well written story 13. Mai 2014
Von Jen R - Veröffentlicht auf
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Something Yellow is a hard one for me to rate. It was very well written, but the story was missing something. It was a good read though. The cover makes it look like a nice story. Maybe some high school kids meet and fall in love in the flowers or something. I mean I understand why the field of flowers are there now, but it is so upbeat it doesn't prepare you for the pretty depressing story that it is. Not that I minded that. I actually really enjoy sad depressing stories.

Holly's sister Rachel disappeared 13 years ago. Houston was the last person to have seen her. He was dropping her off at dance class, but she wandered over to the park to look at the flowers. He didn't wait to make sure she made it inside. Holly has always held Houston responsible for her disappearance and is certain he took her. Now Holly must come back to town and care for her dying mother, and Houston is in town as well. Another girl goes missing.

Holly was...she is 31. She acts most of the time like she is 12. I kept having to remind myself that she is supposed to be 31. Houston tries to talk to her, people in town try to talk to her about Houston, people keep trying to explain to her why he is there and such and every time she is just acting like she will hold her ears closed with her fingers singing "la la la la la la" so she cannot hear anything. It was a bit ridiculous, and while I understand that she needed to hate someone and blame someone for Rachel's disappearance I still, even after reading her reasons, don't understand why that person was her then boyfriend of 2 years Houston. It wasn't because he didn't make sure Rachel made it inside. She had already written him off as a horrible person days before this for no real good reasons. I don't think they would have made it as a couple even if she didn't jump to horrible conclusions before asking him about the things she saw. If they can't be open with each other how will they work? I mean she never mentioned his home life and he never shared it either. So she seemed to always jump to horrible conclusions about everyone.

Besides hating Houston she also hates where she grew up. She never comes to visit and doesn't even seem to keep in contact with her family much. I understand that. I understand hating your small town where you grew up and escaping as soon as you can. I understand turning your back on everything that reminds you of there. I get it, I did the same thing when I went off to college. I didn't shun my family thought. We had tragedy just before I left as well, but people react differently. Holly was so stubborn in her weird horrible views of things. I really didn't like Holly. She is 31 and she has not grown up at all. She clings to the past so tightly she cannot move on. She needs to learn to let go and get some closure so she can be happy. Just because Rachel disappeared doesn't mean Holly's life should be over. When she is confronted with some new information about her sister's disappearance she just stubbornly refuses to believe it. The person must have seen it wrong or was confused. She is so stubborn in clinging to her hatred of Houston and everything it got to be a bit much. When people started to finally go off on her like look you need to move on! What is wrong with you? You can never see what is right in front of you, you just see what you want to see I just thought yes! Thank you! Please listen to these people who obviously care about you and work on moving on.

The ending, what happened and who was involved, I figured that is what had happened. Even though I really didn't like Holly I still did enjoy this book. Even though I kept thinking she is 31? Really?? She doesn't seem like it! I still liked reading it. It was really well written. I would definitely read more from this author, though I probably won't re-read this book. Still a worthwhile read just for how well it was written.

This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
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