In Seneca Lake, e follow Meg at the tail end of World War 2, who is on the precipice of dating Hank, yet her friend Arthur has caught her eye. Arthur who probably won’t finish high school, who isn’t serving in the army because he’s needed at home, whose father was no good. This won’t end well for Meg, her family thinks highly of Hank and he would be a much better match.
The blurb states that Meg’s grandparents urge her to give up her dream of Cornell, but I don’t get the feeling that it’s a dream of hers, I don’t get the feeling she has any dreams outside of spending time with Arthur. I think as far as the back and forth between the two, it’s sweet and I like the way Heebner has incorporated Native American folklore into Arthur’s stories.
I really wanted to love this book and it had good moments, but when it came to fleshing out the characters and the storyline, including the ending, it fell a bit flat. I didn’t feel there was much of a storyline, there was a lot of conversation going on between Meg and Arthur, but it didn’t necessarily move the story forward. The ending, while satisfying, sort of just happened, and rather quickly at that. It was a very quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed the historical details of the war and Seneca Lake that the author included.