Polly has two sets of memories…
One is normal: school, home, friends. The other, stranger memories begin nine years ago, when she was ten and gate-crashed an odd funeral in the mansion near her grandmother’s house. Polly’s just beginning to recall the sometimes marvelous, sometimes frightening adventures she embarked on with Tom Lynn after that. And then she did something terrible, and everything changed.
But what did she do? Why can’t she remember? Polly must uncover the secret, or her true love — and perhaps Polly herself — will be lost. (from Goodreads)
Fire and Hemlock is another book I desperately need to reread! I’ve only read it once and though I think I liked it, I didn’t understand it completely. I got tripped up in one of the many perspective changes. Much like how Andrew suddenly remembers things from his childhood in Enchanted Glass, Polly spends a lot of time flashing back to her own childhood. Unlike Enchanted Glass, though, the flashbacks take over the narrative, which I don’t personally like much.
Those flashbacks/perspective changes also made it hard for me to enjoy the romance aspect. Tom’s older than Polly by maybe 10-15? years, which isn’t terrible, but when she’s a kid he seems ancient, maybe 20-30 years older. I kept that retained in my memory and was never able to shake it, even after she realized later (in the non-flashback parts) that he was actually much younger than she thought.
I think rereading Fire and Hemlock will help clear up those niggly bits, don’t you think? Unfortunately, this is the cover of my copy:
SUCH A TERRIBLE COVER. It is quite possibly the worst cover I’ve ever seen and I hate it and ugh ugh ugh.
Is that Tom? Is that Polly? Why does Tom look about 80 and WHY is Polly wearing those terrible clothes? Just: WHY?