Date published: March 2010
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Seventeen-year-old Emily Benedict, moves in with her grandfather, but is disappointed to find that her grandfather doesn't want to talk much. Apparently, her mother is not well liked in her home town and she soon discovers, that many still hold a grudge against her mother. Dulcie's old high school enemy, Julia Winterson, is back in town to pay down her deceased father's debt, befriends Emily. She's working another quest as well: baking cakes every day hoping that they might just attract her old school love. Emily has a lot to contend with. The hostility of the biggest family in town, a love interest with the son of that family, strange lights appearing at night and her wallpaper, which changes with her moods. But, everything comes together in an unexpected way.
This is quite a delightful story. It was a quick read for me and I found the characters well written and engaging. There is an air of mystery throughout and along with Emily, I also thought that the family Coffey were hiding a terrible and deadly secret. They never went out at night, so my first thought was vampires in hiding! Well, dear reader, I am not going to spoil the story by telling you here what their secret is, but I know you will have fun reading and finding out for yourself. And I know you will enjoy all the quirky characters and be enjoying the ride to all the happy endings. Ms Allen knows how to pen a magical story that doesn’t get too sweet and to throw in a twist that will make you sit up straight.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.