'Withering by Sea' by Judith Rossell
Synopsis: ‘High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts. But one night, Stella sees something she shouldn't have... Something that will set in motion and adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for...’
Monsters, magic, trickery and adventure are the best descriptors for this book. Who wouldn’t want to read something like that? Set in the Victorian era, (this always makes the reader grateful for being born in this century) Stella lives a miserable life. Home schooled by three very old fashioned aunts would hardly be classed as fun by anyone. This has made Stella quite resourceful though, and someone who is keen on adding excitement to her life. So when a mystery presents itself, Stella is eager to jump in with both feet.
The imagery throughout is very descriptive and you can just imagine yourself in the setting of the hotel, the boardwalk and the theatre. There are also some exquisite illustrations scattered throughout the book to help set the scene.
This is book one in a series and I look forward to following this series to the bitter end. Bitter only because it will end.
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