The Secret of Nightingale Wood

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

Henry has moved to the countryside with her parents and her baby sister, Piglet – all still scarred by the death of her brother.

Alone in her head, she begins to explore her surroundings, encouraged by her only friends – characters from her favourite books. Nobody much notices when she wanders into the woods at the bottom of the garden and meets Moth, a striking witch-like woman. Together they form a bond that could help Henry save her family.

My Thoughts

This book is a thrilling find; a gem that will sit beside the childhood classics on my bookshelf and be read over and over again. I re-read very few books and so, coming from me, this is praise indeed.  The author mentions Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden in the acknowledgements. It is one of my all time favourite novels and for the very few of you who have not yet read it I urge you to do so. If you enjoy The Secret of Nightingale Wood you will love The Secret Garden.

But back to Nightingale Wood. The author, Lucy Strange, is a talented writer and the plot and pace of The Secret of Nightingale Wood is first class. The cast of characters is superb and and I changed allegiance a dozen times, never quite sure who to trust or believe. The story is told in the first person and the author draws us into twelve year old Henrietta’s world and imagination faultlessly. We join her on the steps outside her new home on page one, explore and settle in with her and share her adventures and mysteries as she struggles to understand the secretive adult world around her and the magical other world in which she finds refuge.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood is a mesmerising novel and one that deserves to be on the shelf of every school library, bookshop and bedroom across the country. It certainly has pride of place on mine.

Links to find The Secret of Nightingale Wood:-

Local Library

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