WHAT’S TRISH READING

lara's giftThe children’s novel that I most recently completed reading is Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien.  I am not sure if it was the muted snowy blue cover, reminiscent of my all-time favorite novel, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys or the girl’s warm looking  fur-lined coat, so necessary in NY  these last few days, that made me pick up this book.  In any case I TOTALLY judged Lara’s Gift by its cover and I am happy that I did. Set in pre-revolutionary Russia where peasants can aspire to little more than survival, young Lara is lucky.  Her father is the kennel steward for the Count’s beloved Russian Borzoi hunting dogs.  With no brother to inherit her father’s esteemed position within the ranks, Lara is being trained to be the next kennel steward.  But with the unexpected birth of a brother, mysterious visions that simultaneously cripple her but aid the dogs, and a menacing wolf that hunts both humans and the Borzoi, Lara must find her voice to challenge the predetermined order and stand up for what she loves.  If she does not she may find herself relegated to sewing sequins onto the Countess’ dresses for the rest of her life and have to stand by while her beloved Borzoi lie helpless to the waiting wolves.

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