Book Review: The Winter Garden

Welcome to the Winter Garden. Open only at 13 o’clock.
You are invited to enter an unusual competition.
I am looking for the most magical, spectacular, remarkable pleasure garden this world has to offer.

On the night her mother dies, 8-year-old Beatrice receives an invitation to the mysterious Winter Garden. A place of wonder and magic, filled with all manner of strange and spectacular flora and fauna, the garden is her solace every night for seven days. But when the garden disappears, and no one believes her story, Beatrice is left to wonder if it were truly real.

Book Review: The Raven Heir

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July Round-Up

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked King

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) Written by Holly Black 336 pages Published by Hot Key Books Publication date: 8th January 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that…

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An Evening with Catherine Doyle

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