I found this book to be a charming and sweet ghost story, even if the ghost herself was anything but sweet. Mary Downing Hahnâ€™s writing cast Florence in a wonderful light as a sincere young girl trying to find her footing in her new home. Her cousin James is both a tender child and a frightened child and evoked memories of A Secret Garden for me.
The book is a quick read at only 160 pages, but the pages are used to the fullest advantage. I despised the great aunt right away and loved Spratt, the everything-man, feeling that anything the he said should be adhered to, because he is someone that knows whatâ€™s what, even when no one else will admit to a thing. My only wish was that the story would continue on and have a more defined endingâ€¦but maybe there is more to come of this story.
Book Rating: 4/5
Book Received By: Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin HarcourtÂ for Review