My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Madeline Landry’s fate has always been set. She will inherit Landry Park, passed on for generations since her ancestor developed supposedly safe, portable nuclear energy charges. To do her duty to her name, the gentry lifestyle, and the estate she loves, she needs to marry well – and behave.
Though Madeline’s heart is tied to the land she loves, she feels an equally strong pull to attend university. Her domineering father will have nothing of it, and Madeline finds herself following the same routine – balls, parties, and looking down her nose at the working class.
But after she witnesses David Dana – supposedly the most gentrified of the gentry, and a boy she finds intolerable – help a working class girl who falls while carrying her nuclear charge, Madeline is forced to see both David and workers in a different light. Suddenly aware of the devastation her lavish lifestyle causes others – and the possibility that the famous Landry nuclear charges are not as safe as everyone says – Madeline’s eyes are open to a new world… and the possibility that hers doesn’t have to follow the path that has been set for her.