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  1. Blythewood (A Blythewood Novel)
    Blythewood (A Blythewood Novel)
    Blythewood (A Blythewood Novel)
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  2. Blythewood (A Blythewood Novel)

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    Customer Ratings (46 reviews)
    Price R470.00

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Welcome to Blythewood.



At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood. 


But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes. 


Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Review originally published on the blog A Kernel of Nonsense.

The year is 1911. With the passing of her mother, Avaline Hall is forced to fend for herself working as a seamstress at the Triangle Waist Factory for a meager wage. But Ava’s life is about to be altered irreparably when a man in an Inverness cape begins following her, the same man who pursued her mother before her death. As Ava attempts to flee him with the help of a strange boy, she finds herself trapped inside the factory when a mysterious fire breaks out.

Though she survives, Ava is haunted by the images of smoke-filled shadows and the evil she felt when her eyes beheld the man in the Inverness cape. Institutionalized and labeled mad, she has almost given up hope when her grandmother reappears in her life. Given a second chance at her mother’s alma mater, Blythewood Academy, Ava discovers her new school is home to secrets–dangerous secrets–including the truth about her... Read more
I really enjoyed this book. I have read Carol Goodmans stuff before and know that she has long stories. This book was no different. The story was a really long one and it was only the first in a series. My only qualm for this book was that it lulled in the center fro about almost 200 pages. I really liked the use of real fey, the scary kind not the cute little fairies from Disney. I also liked the time line for the book and the touches of real historical events. All and all this was a good book and I am looking forward to where the story is going.
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Great YA paranormal filled with mystery, romance, and magic. It had a slow start but once it gripped me I couldn't put it down.

Opening Sentence: I heard the bells that morning as I was entering Washington Square Park.

The Review:

Avaline Hall is 17 years old and getting ready to attend Blythewood, a very elite boarding school. Ava's mother attended Blythewood as a girl, but she was expelled her senior year for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Ava was raised by just her mother and she has never known the identity of her father. She grew up poor, but she was very happy. Then suddenly her mother started to drink heavily, and eventually it killed her. Ava was forced to find work in a factory so she could survive on her own. She was a seamstress, it was hard work but it paid the bills. Shortly after Ava started her new job a stranger seeks her out, and starts a terrible fire that kills almost... Read more
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