Children's fiction, Young Adult/Children

The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chewins

When I started this story, I did not think I would enjoy it much. I thought that it was written for a younger audience, and I might not appreciate it as such. By the time I finished it, I realised that I liked it because it was aimed at a younger audience and had a combination of things that made the story quite entertaining.
We have a creepy house that cares for the three girls within its walls while the girls wait for their parents to return. In the meantime, one of the sisters ends up doing the one thing they were told to never do. This leads her into a situation that her two sisters do not know the solution to. It also forces them to think about their condition and how and why things must be the way they are.
There is magic, and a very oppressive environment for the most part. The revelation and the final solutions are where I felt it became childish- in the sense children would appreciate it. It brings some factors together to wrap it up neater than I thought it would be. It is a quick read. There are magic and fantasy and family all interdependent, and I am pretty sure that my eight-year-old niece might actually enjoy it.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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