I really enjoyed this story. The idea of an old Southern plantation revealing it's secrets to a young girl is fascinating. Blume's descriptions of the South are lush and rich. One of my favorites is her definition of Aigredoux:
...It sounded like a kind of candy. Something that would come in a cardboard box with bright colors on it, maybe a rainbow. Something that would melt on your tongue and stain it bright pink...
I especially liked Tennyson and her desire to write the truth even when her Aunt Henriette still clings to the past.
A must read for those who enjoy historicals that deal with the South.
TENNYSON is a Cybil nominated book. The opinions expressed here are my own, and do
not represent the opinion of the Cybils panel as a whole.