I liked the author's writing style and the story opened well making me excited to read on, despite occasional passive sentences that made it difficult to know exactly what was going on.
Unfortunately, the story itself had issues. The story makes a big issue about Jes not being able to remember events from before she was found at age 4 - umm, most people don't remember stuff from this age. It's normal...
The story started with Jes's parents packing them up in the middle of the night to leave their home because someone had 'found out' about Jes. Only they then go to the mother's sister's house and tell everyone where they have just come from. They also tell everyone who will listen that Jes is adopted. Not actions of someone who'd pack out and leave in the middle of the night without telling people.
Next, Jes's cousin who she apparently met one during a previous Christmas, acts like they've been best friends for like ages. Again, this doesn't fit with someone hiding their identity. There were other elements in the contemporary side of the story that just didn't gel for me.
Events happened without any real drive to the story. The romantic interest slutted around with every girl who walked passed him, seemingly for the sole purpose of creating tension in the story, but it left me with zero interest in their relationship.
I was left disappointed and confused (about the contemporary story element). The writing style showed a lot of promise, but the story didn't even end satisfactorily. Very few of the story's questions were answered and I wasn't hooked enough to buy the sequel to find out what happens.