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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.

©2005 Eva Ibbotson; (P)2005 Macmillan Digital Audio

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not recommended for pleasure

Eva ibbotson's books have been favorites of mine for years. unfortunately, the performance in this audio book rather killed it for me. the accents were inconsistent & there for distracting & the melody played in between each chapter was depressing

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Really Lovely

I had never heard of this book until now, as a mother, and wish I had read it in my childhood. The memorable characters and mysterious storyline kept me and my son and daughter (9 and 8) fascinated.

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great story!

loved the story! I especially enjoyed the ending where everything falls out just fine.
The narrator did a great job at bringing the people to life.
Marlene

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  • Tisha
  • 12-05-15

A true parent is the one who loves you for real

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's a beautiful story about true friendship, love and being genuine

Would you ever listen to anything by Eva Ibbotson again?

Yes, absolutely! She's a fantastic author. You cannot help but get involved in her story and sympathise with the characters.

What does Ruth Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She has a good expression and makes the story come alive.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What makes a family?

Any additional comments?

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.

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