The Haunting of Charity Delafield by Ian Beck

How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: A magical, enchanting tale, with stunning illustrations that will transport you into another world.
Flame-haired Charity Delafield has grown up in a vast, isolated house – most of which she is forbidden to explore – with her fiercely strict father. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and her cat Mr Tompkins for company, she knows very little of the outside world – or of her own family’s shadowy past. What she does know is that she is NEVER to go outside unsupervised. And she is NEVER to over-excite herself, because of the mysterious ‘condition’ that she has been told she suffers from.
But Charity has a secret. All her life, she has had the same strange dream – a dream of a dark corridor, hidden somewhere in the house. Then, one day, Charity stumbles across the corridor. It leads to a door . . . and suddenly she realises things are not quite what they seem.

200words (or less) review: I so very much needed this book. I was stuck in the middle of a reading slump and along came Charity Delafield turning the world that little bit brighter.

The Haunting of Charity Delafield leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling, it’s beautifully written and the story comes alive as you read it (in a way only the best stories do).

Charity is about to turn 13, she’s never met from outside the household and her only friend is Mr Tompkins, a black cat with bright green eyes.

Charity’s life is regimented because of her “condition”.  Charity doesn’t know what her condition is, neither does she know what the why the West Wing is off limits but that doesn’t stop her dreams or hearing the music in the middle of the night.

In a perfect world this is the book someone reads to you while you’re snuggled up under the covers with a teddybear and hot chocolate – as it was I read it to myself (with a teddybear of course!) and a cup of tea, but you get the sentiment. I might not be the target audience for this book but that doesn’t change how much I adored it.

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star

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3 thoughts on “The Haunting of Charity Delafield by Ian Beck

  1. This book seems so cute! Glad it got you out of your reading slump, and the hot chocolate and teddybear thing is the best. I love it when you can snuggle up and read a good book. Actually, what am I doing online, I think I might get myself some hot chocolate and snuggle up with my current read… 😉

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