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the Wish House

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by Celia Rees. Author of best selling Witch Child. Published by Young Picador.

Oh it was so sad!! There was a tear in my eye when I finished this book; but totally for the right reasons – it would have been wrong if it had ended any other way. I hope this is on the adult shelves as well as in the young adult section, because it brings back all wonderful memories of first love and also the stabbing heartache that goes with it.
The writing style is fantastic and I loved it. I can’t wait to read Pirates and Witch Child now. (3 for 2 in WHSmiths!)
Want to know what The Wish House is about? Well, my husband asked that when I was half way through, and I still couldn’t answer him really. It does start off slow, but because it’s enjoyable to read, it doesn’t matter that it never really picks up pace either.
Set in the 1970s; from a young man’s perspective, he goes on holiday and gets caught up in an artistic family whose lifestyle is very different to anything he is used to. Richard falls in love with the daughter, Clio. There are so many interesting characters involved, and hints at further exploits going on; I’d love to see it as a film.
There isn’t a lot more I can say without spoiling the ending. Actually the ending was a little confusing, but I was eager to finish. And nothing came as a great surprise if you looked for the clues along the way. But it was the best read I’ve had out of the teen section for a long time, and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

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