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Flame-haired Charity Delafield leads a lonely life, growing up in a vast and isolated house which her strict, cold father forbids her to explore. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and a loyal black cat for company, she is not allowed to speak to strangers or venture a single step beyond the tall iron gates. But Charity has a secret. All her life, she has been visited by the same dream – a dream of a dark corridor and a locked door, hidden somewhere in the house. One snowy day, she stumbles across the door, and begins to unravel the strange and magical story of her family’s past… Enter a dreamlike world of mystery, magic and wonder in Ian Beck’s timeless winter fairy tale.
“Creates a gloriously Gothic atmosphere of suspense… Beck’s book is exquisitely produced, and a delight to hold.” Amanda Craig
“This has all the ingredients of an enthralling adventure – a lonely child, a missing parent, a series of clues and a surprisingly satisfying twist of an ending.” Daily Mail
“This book is full of magic and mystery and it will bring the child out in you.” Dark Readers
“A perfect fantasy novel for older children… In all senses, a magical tale.” A.N. Wilson, Readers Digest
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