“A top-notch look at first love, heartbreak, and the driving force of passion.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It’s the start of summer vacation, and fifteen-year-old Richard has discovered that a family has taken up residence in the usually deserted Wish House. Richard is intrigued by both the house and the bohemian family now living there. The father, Jethro Dalton, is an internationally renowned painter; his seemingly licentious wife is fascinated by herbs and cures. But it’s their beautiful and vibrant daughter, Clio, the muse for Jethro’s paintings, who draws Richard utterly into the Daltons’ world. Soon Richard finds himself so captivated by Clio that he steals off to the woods to spend days and nights with her, meanwhile struggling to understand and fit in with her eccentric clan. How could he know that some mysteries are best left alone — and that some betrayals can never be forgiven?
About The Wish House
Richard has hung out at the abandoned house in the woods during his summer vacation for as long as he can remember. But this year, he discovers that a family has moved in. The father, J. A. Dalton, is an internationally renowned artist who insists on painting Richard’s portrait, while Dalton’s wife draws the boy into her circle as though he were one of the family’s bohemian adult friends. But it is their beautiful daughter, Clio, with whom Richard becomes obsessed. Soon he finds ways to spend days–and nights–with Clio, all the while struggling to understand and fit in with her eccentric clan. How can he know that some mysteries are best left unsolved–and that the passions of a single summer will change his life forever?
Celia Rees is one of Britain’s foremost writers for teenagers, and her titles have enjoyed huge success; her novel Witch Child has been translated into 25 languages. Celia has a degree in History, a strong interest in which is evident in her brilliantly… More about Celia Rees