Heloise Flaxman is not super thrilled with her life: growing up with five brothers and one perfect older sister has left her in the shadows. Her days are a drudge of collecting bark from the oak forest to take to the flax dye houses and being annoyed by how wonderful her sister is and how Heloise will never compare. In Canneberges, the longest night of the year is celebrated all night long with singing and dancing, and Heloise’s fourteenth Le Sacre will change her world forever. As her sister dances, Evette disappears, not only from the dance, but from the memories of everyone, except Heloise. Along with her reluctant new friend, Benedict, the son of the Marquis of Canneberges, Heloise will embark on a magical adventure to try to save her sister and break the curse which has held Canneberges in its grip for centuries.
If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of the Tales of Goldstone Wood. I hate to gush, but I can’t help it. Anne Elisabeth Stengl has created the most fascinating world – and I find myself more at home there with each new tale. I find it extraordinary how she can bring to life the world of Canneberges, making it seem like a small fiefdom in medieval France and a mythical faerie land at the same time. It’s just beautiful!
And the characters are always so wonderfully drawn that by the end of the story, they are like old friends that you want to get together with for a cup of tea and a good chat. I fell in love with Heloise and Benedict and didn’t want their tale to end! This enquiring mind wants to know the next adventure that Heloise and Benedict will face – together, of course!
It’s a marvelous story about the power of love, the strength of sisterly bonds, the magic of history, and the blessings of friendship. I’d highly suggest that you get a copy as soon as you can (A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold will be available May 16!!)
Many thanks to Rooglewood Press! As a subscriber to their quarterly newsletter, I was privileged to get an advanced copy of this fabulous book. Check them out at Rooglewood Press 🙂