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A warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery, magic, and mythology, and prose that ‘flows like water.’ Prepare to fall in love with Esperance!
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
“A fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, New York Times best selling author of Nim’s Island.
This inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.
Esme’s Wish recently won first place in the fantasy category of the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognises excellence in children’s literature.
I can certainly see why this is an award winning fantasy – it is a delightful read that takes the reader into the story alongside fifteen-year-old Esme Silver and off on the adventures with her. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and know many children who would also be enthralled by it.
Esme’s artist Mum disappeared mysteriously seven years ago. Now her Dad is marrying someone else and only Esme objects. Esme doesn’t believe her Mum is dead and whilst her Dad is away on honeymoon she decides to visit the nearby island where her Mum used to paint. That’s when Esme unexpectedly gets swept into an adventure, an adventure in the mysterious, enchanted world of Aeolia. Here she makes shocking discoveries and new friends, some of whom knew Esme’s Mum. She’ll face dangers, learn about magical abilities, fly on dragons, breathe under the sea and so much more in this magical adventure, but what will she discover about her Mum? You’ll just have to read it to find out for yourself!
This is a well paced story with plenty of mystery, magic and intrigue that will appeal to fantasy readers whatever their age. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning about the strange creatures and wonderful characters in both worlds and can’t wait to read more about what happens to Esme in future. The writing flows smoothly, taking the reader along with it in a page turner adventure that I believe will appeal to able readers who enjoy more lengthy stories. It is definitely a great story for teachers or parents to share with children and I highly recommend them checking it out, too.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so!
Esme’s Wish -Amazon UK
Esme’s Wish – Amazon US
I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series. My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.
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