In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. They take her home, and Annika grows up in the servants' quarters of a house belonging to three eccentric Viennese professors. She is happy there but dreams of the day when her real mother will come to find her.And sure enough, one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the door. After years of guilt and searching, Annika's mother has come to claim her daughter, who is in fact a Prussian aristocrat and whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal, Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family.Eva Ibbotson's hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for readers young and old.More
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A true parent is the one who loves you for real
Yes, it's a beautiful story about true friendship, love and being genuine
Yes, absolutely! She's a fantastic author. You cannot help but get involved in her story and sympathise with the characters.
She has a good expression and makes the story come alive.
What makes a family?
Although it's a story that not many of us can relate to, the characters are very real, alive and true. The story has some unexpected twists, which makes it extra interesting.