By: Janet B. Taylor
Published By: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Page Count: 432
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Historical Fantasy
I should start this review with full disclosure. I was most attracted to this novel because it was blurbed by Diana Gabaldon and marketing materials claimed it was Outlander for teens. Once I moved past this, I found myself intrigued by the book summary and decided to give this a go when I received an ARC. I should probably go ahead and further disclose that aside from some scenes in Scotland, a hot guy, and time travel, the Outlander comparision never solidified for me.
Into the Dim begins when our heroine, Hope Walton, is reeling from the unexpected death of her mother. She's been left with her father who can't quite comprehend his wife is gone, but finds comfort in the arms of the local librarian. To make matters worse, Hope's feeling of being a fish out of water in her small southern town is only made worse by her grandmother's condescending attitude about Hope being adopted. I wanted to reach into the novel and throttle the grandmother; she is horrible to poor Hope. To cope with her loss, her father decides to send Hope to Scotland for the summer to visit with her reclusive aunt who is the last link Hope has to her mother. Hope is less than thrilled, but her alternative is spending the summer with dear old grandma, so she boards a plane to cross the pond.