Absence of Nectar by Kathy Hepinstall
G.P. Putnam - September 2001
ISBN: 0399140819 - Hardcover

Reviewed by Robyn Glazer, MyShelf.com
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Alice and her brother Boone are devastated when their father leaves them and their mother for another woman. Alice, a precocious eleven-year-old makes a wish to have a father again, someone that will help her mother be happy again. Little does she realize, you must be careful what you wish for. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever imagine the man that would come to their family would be a living nightmare. Soon Alice and Boone are in fear for their lives, with no allies on their side. Their mother will not believe them for fear that if she does she will have to give up the stability of this new man. To say anymore would give away too much but suffice it to say what happens next is not for the faint of heart.

Absence of Nectar is a book that makes you feel. I cried as I read this book and that doesn't happen to me very often. The writing is lyrical and the descriptions are moving. I grew attached to these characters and was impressed by their depth. Hepinstall seems to have a knack for choosing just the right words to draw the reader in. I loved this book and will be looking for Kathy Henpinstall's next book.

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