So if we’re not in Kansas, Toto, exactly where are we??
Stephanie Deschaines is no longer part of a loving family; her parents are divorced and her mother shares custody with Stephanie’s dad, Luc Deschaines…the heartthrob in Book 1, Fool Me Once. And she’s no longer an overweight teenager, trying to get her parents attention.
She no longer lives in Virginia. She no longer travels often to Tennessee to spend time with her lovely new stepmother, Ronnie, and ride in Big South Fork as she did in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows.
She’s no longer a student at the elite Horizon Academy; she was just about to graduate in Book 3, Signs of Life. And she’s not studying at her father’s alma mater, Daniels College, after she and best friend, Alison Gardner, made a secret pact that if one didn’t go, neither one would. Alison is in Hanover, New Hampshire in Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse, and Stephanie isn’t.
There’ve been a lot of changes in Stephanie’s life throughout the Riverwood series, and she metamorphosizes into someone readers will hardly recognize in Book 5, Far and Away, (the current work in progress) in a place they’d hardly think to look for her.