ABOUT THE BOOK
In the darkness of night, magic awaits…
Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but, as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered – she must marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But, when a mysterious toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse, it heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in Marietta’s life.
After Drosselmeier constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance on Christmas Eve, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own – a magic darker than anyone could imagine. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself transported from her family’s ballroom to a frozen sugar palace, silent with secrets, in a forest of snow-topped fir trees. She must find a way to return home before she’s trapped in Everwood’s enchanting grip forever.
In the darkness of night, magic awaits and you will never forget what you find here…
Marietta, at 20, has turned down suitor after suitor, preferring ballet and living with her parents to marriage. But her father has warned her that when she turns 21, she will stop dancing and marry. When the mysterious and charismatic Dr Drosselmeier moves into a nearby townhouse, Marietta’s parents think he will be the answer to their prayers. The toymaker seems to have an eye for Marietta and tries to charm her with snow domes that change and seem to come alive. There is something very dark about her admirer.
Her final performance will be at home, where Drosselmeier creates the setting for her last performance on Christmas eve. But when the performance ends and the clock strikes twelve, she finds that she is in a snowy, frozen world. Time and time again, she is asked if she would like to leave, but she chooses to go to the Sugar Palace.
The sugar palace is a far cry from Nottingham in 1906. King Gelum gives her the option to leave, but she refuses. There is so much to indulge in, but everything has a price. The sweet, sugar-coated palace is not what it first appears to be, as Marietta is soon to discover.
The king is like a two-year-old in a tantrum if he doesn’t get what he wants, but he has terrible ways to make sure that all his demands are met. If she is to survive living there, she must trust others around her that are prisoners too.
I liked that the characters were of different worlds and had some unusual talents themselves. There are new friendships to be made and plans to be forged if she is to escape her fate at the palace. It is a brilliant story perfect for Christmas.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M.A. Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world which inspired her children’s series The Ship of Shadows. Her adult debut novel Midnight in Everwood was inspired by her love of ballet and love of The Nuctracker. She lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as can and bookstagrams @cosyreads.https://www.instagram.com/cosyreads/ Twitter @thecosyreader