Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Long lost book

For years, I have looked for "Greensleeves" by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, which I believed I had read when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I finally resorted to InterLibrary Loan (which I should have done long ago). The State Library came through for me in a matter of days. When the book arrived, I read the front flap and was startled to realize this book was not the book I remembered. The one I have been thinking of for so long was a sort of ghost story / time travel book. Now, I doubt if it was even by EJM.

So. I read the book anyway, and was soooooo glad I did. It is the story of a young woman who spent her childhood as a reluctant traveler through Europe. Her father and step-mother were always on the move due to his job, so she went with them. She longed for stability. Just before her senior year of high school, she decided to go back to the United States to live with her aunt and uncle. Her life there was not quite what she expected.

After graduation, she is at loose ends, and her father's best friend offers her a job. She is to go "undercover" to try to find out whether an old lady was unduly influenced to alter her will. Her adventures teach her more about herself than she could possibly have imagined.

I highly recommend this book to all of you.

Oh, and if any of you know the book I thought I was looking for, let me know, will you?

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