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Set in a secluded, snow covered inn at Christmastime, Greenglass House is full of both cozy, hot-chocolate-and-warm-fire feels and also eerie, chilling, why’d-the-lights-just-go-out moments.
Owned by Ben and Nora Pine, the five-story inn (called Greenglass House) is a common stopping point for smugglers and thieves in Nagspeake Bay. The Pines have a son, Milo, was just settling in to enjoy his quiet Christmas break when the bell announcing a new guest unexpectedly rang. And rang again. And again. And again. And...yep, there's another. By midnight, the inn was full of people who had mysterious origins and equally as mysterious suitcase contents, meanwhile Milo’s quiet Christmas was no longer quiet. I don’t want to offer any spoilers, but just trust me - you’ll love the rest. :)
The best part of Greenglass House is that there is atmosphere. This book is immersive to the fullest extent and makes you think there’s snow just outside your window and a toasty fire in the living room, even in July. You’ll keep thinking about the plot even when you’re not actively reading (at least I do!) and you’ll emerge from a reading session utterly confused about the season. Plus, the characters - which are completely plausible but also just slightly “off” will make you crave a trip to Greenglass House.
This is just the tip of this mysterious, cozy, eerie, partly suspenseful and utterly delightful book - there are so many details that I am saving for you to discover yourself, but trust me that it is phenomenal!
I do want to note that one of the characters in this book is a ghost. I don’t find the ghost to be in any way scary - it’s not at all a supernatural, Halloween-like ghost - so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Greenglass House to younger readers, but I wanted to mention it. :)
Grab your hot cocoa (mini marshmallows required) and dive into Greenglass House.