Todd, Pamela. The Blind Faith Hotel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Book review

TODD, Pamela. The blind faith hotel, a novel. Simon & Schuster. 312p. c2008. 978-1-4169-5494-1. $16.99. J*

There is much that is wonderful about this novel, first and foremost the main character, Zoe. And Todd absolutely captures the tension and love and fury and hurt in a family in crisis. Zoe is 14 years old, a middle child with a beautiful older sister and a totally natural six-year-old brother. Their mother has abruptly left their father and life as they know it in the Pacific Northwest to travel to the rural town in Minnesota where she grew up. The plan is that they will fix up the dilapidated family house they've inherited and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The children miss their father terribly and are furious.

Zoe is tough. She has been trained well by her father, a boatman, about survival in the wild, about independence. She tramps alone in the woods and fields in the middle of the night, discovering eagles nesting and other natural wonders. But, she steals binoculars to watch the eagles, and then gets into trouble stealing from the local drug store--especially embarrassing since what she steals is a cream to make her breasts grow. This petty...

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