The Star of Kazan – Eva Ibbotson

A delightful tale, the story focuses on Annika who was abandoned as an infant in early 20th century Vienna. Luckily adopted by two servants in a household of eccentric professors, she has a happy life although she still dreams about her mother coming to find her. Amongst her friends is the elderly woman next door who regals her with great tales, including of a Russian Count who gave her a legendary emerald: The Star of Kazan. One day, a glamourous stranger arrives and it turns out to be Annika’s mother – who whisks her away to live with her family in a crumbling castle. Nothing, however, is as it seems…

Fantastic Fiction

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