Enter into January Scallar’s magical world! One that will wrap itself around you and envelope you in its heady fantasies. And admit it … once you see this cover, it just beckons to be opened!
January grows up in the care of the eccentric and arrogant Mr Locke at the beginning of the 19th century. He calls himself her ‘adoptive father’ while her real father, more often not, is off travelling to foreign shores to forage for exotic treasures that can then be shown off, auctioned off or disposed of in whichever way Locke and his cronies of the Archeological Society see fit. In other words, January’s father is actually a mere employee doing his boss’s dirty work, something that she comes to realise as she grows older and which impacts on her formative years as she comes to understand the values, attitudes and opinions of class and society.
Accompanied by her loyal dog, Bad and her ccompanion Jane, sent by her father to be herfriend and protector when he surely realised the hardships she would endure as she grew older, January embarks on a courageous journey to ‘elsewhere’ – a place she has yearned to venture to. It is an adventure fraught with danger and pitfalls but she’s determined to open that first door aand step through it, no matter what.
Harrow has attacked this ambitious project and triumphed! This multi-layered story is richly crafted with the artistic brush of one who knows exactly how to create something eenchanting. There’s adventure, love, betrayal, sweeping history and heaby doses of marvelous, magnetic magic!
This is a 5-star read to lose yourself in! Thank you to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the journey.
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