The Eyes of the Amaryllis – Natalie Babbitt


The book in one sentence: Jenny Reade stays with her grandmother Geneva for a few weeks to care for her while her broken ankle heals, but Geneva has a different task in mind for Jenny to accomplish; something she has been waiting from the ocean.

Who would you recommend it to: A reader who’s looking for a quick, summer romance story without the mushy bits.

OK bits: I like the romance in the story; very old-fashioned and sweet.

Boring bits: Nothing particularly boring.

Random review quote:

“Indisputably one of our gifted writers… The Eyes of the Amaryllis is a ghost story concerned with real-life “things you can’t explain.” – Selma G. Lanes, The New York Times Book Review

Verdict: I thought the ending is a bit of a cop-out, at least where the grandmother was concerned, but overall I thought it’s a sweet, haunting story.


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