Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
I picked this up as a quick listen cause my cat sat basically on my face so I couldn’t read 😂 but it’s one I’d been dying to read for ages because of the ace rep and the awesome sounding premise.
This was everything I wanted and more, for such a short book. It’s dark and creepy and full of ways to make you think about how we have expectations of people that are just wrong. This largely lands on the parents in this case – it feels a bit unfair that the nature of the home very much means that any parents really aren’t great lol, but it also affects the teens in the home. Plus there was trans rep that I wasn’t aware of going in, and more people should definitely talk about! It was amazing.
I loved Nancy’s story, but I’m also really please to see the next one is about Jack and Jill because their story really appealed as well! I found their ending really good, and Nancy’s was a little bittersweet.
The whole concept is fantastic, and it definitely leads to a Grimm fairytale type vibe – dark and creepy but with that glimmer of hope. And also hopelessness. So much of it was about accepting how things now are – from Cade and the teachers, to Jack and Jill’s very different takes on it.
4.5 stars and I am definitely going to be sneaking the next one in as a quick listen next time I want something short!!
Buy Every Heart a Doorway from Amazon UK.