This was a really good easy to read book.
It is set in the 1800's on the East Coast of America. Lilian is a 10 year old girl who has lived on a remote island with her mother and lighthouse keeper father her entire life. Her father gets transfered to another Lighthouse station and she finally gets to live in the company of 2 boys Heath and Ayden and gets to go to the mainland every week and even attend a real school for the first time.
Having been brought up just by her mother and father she is very naive, but soon learns to trust others and even falls in love for the first time.
When her mother goes mad and eventually dies (no spoiler as on the back of the book) she is shipped off to live with her psycho grandmother in Savannah and uncovers about her family's hidden past. Yes they even had skeletons in the closet back in the Civil War days. By this stage she is about 13 and starting to develop into a young lady.
I really felt sorry for Lilian having led such a sheltered life, then having to endure the psycho grandmother. I found she was a little too naive and trusting and am worried about what will happen to her in the second book if I ever find a copy of it.
I really loved Heath to start with, but he grew up too much for Lilian. And Ayden started off not very nice but became a firm friend later on. I think he was jealous of Heath to start with.
I did pick the POW that occurred towards the end of the book, as it does become obvious as you are reading.
It is definitely young adult, but some YA readers may not like it due to the setting era and the way Lilian behaves. But I found it is typicl of the era and really liked it. If you liked Flowers in the Attic you will love this.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)