This book is aimed at young adults, however I think many ages will enjoy its warmth and charm. I read this book alongside my 9-year-old daughter who was just as hooked on every chapter as I was. The chapters are short and easy to keep up with for young readers.
The story starts by introducing us to Mary; the Darlings adopted Mary after being left on the hospitals step shortly after her birth. Mary attends Milton Upper School and feels like she is different from the other girls; she soon becomes a target for the bullies and feels very alone. The very confident and outgoing Lizzie notices Mary and the girls soon become great friends. As the girls come closer and their love for animals shines it is made clear that all is not what it seems to be with Mary. Mary has a gift, a gift which is explored throughout the book and makes it a magical read.
I believe this is the first of a trilogy by L M D'Mello, I look forward to enjoy more and finding out what is next in the adventure of Mary Darlings world.
by Kellie Clarke
A fanciful and beautifully written book that works for older and younger readers.
by JD DeHart
I nice story about a young girl estranged from the world finally coming into her own. With a school bully that is truly malicious, a friendship that is life changing and powers that heal this book will change how you see young lives.
by Heather Fellows
I really enjoyed reading this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to lose yourself in a good book. It's unique plot and well put together structure make it a no brainer!! Whether this is your normal reading or not i still think you will absolutely not regret picking this one up. Kudos to the author.
by Amber Koch
We are quickly drawn into Mary Darling’s mystical world of nature when she discovers she possesses supernatural powers that include healing. We join her on the journey to attempt to implement her special gifts but she soon discovers her path is fraught with danger as evil forces are brought into play. How Mary attempts to overcome these setbacks with the help of the eccentric recluse Annie, and her close friend Lizzie and the faithful four-footed friend Laker keeps us glued to the page, willing her on to make use of her special powers to come out on top.
by Paul Taylor
"Mary Darling, L M d’Mello’s eponymous protagonist, was abandoned on hospital steps at birth and spent most of her early years living in care. Things start to look up for her when she is adopted by Tom and Susan, a caring couple who lost their own daughter in an accident. Tom and Susan do their best to make Mary happy, however school bullies are making her life wretched, until an expected ally emerges. Mary’s life is transformed when she discovers that she has unusual and powerful supernatural abilities that she can use to understand and heal animals. She begins a fight to save the animal world from cruelty and extinction, and as her powers mature throughout the books in the trilogy, she must defeat increasingly dangerous enemies, making discoveries about her own abilities along the way. "
The touch of mystery and magic made it a brilliant book to read.
This is one of the most moving books that I read in a long long time.
Being in isolation at home (protection against the virus ) it’s been a pleasure reading this wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anybody .
If you have acsensitivity towards human life and especially the souls of animals , You will not be disappointed amazing book
by Susie Constantine
This is not a book I would have chosen to read but I'm so glad I did. The author was visiting my friend and neighbour next door who gave her the book as a present. Lori explained to both of us that it was written for the younger generation and was really interested our opinion of it. I am a book addict and could not live without books. My friend read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, so I was keen to read it too, which I did in few days. I judge a book by many things but its ability to call me back to continue reading is one of them. It has to be a real page turner, which despite it's genre aimed at the younger generation, this was for me - a grandma. It was a wonderful story, beautifully written about how lives are influenced by good and evil. Mary Darling a young girl who'd had a very difficult upbringing, had been adopted by very caring people, she had just started at a new school which was truly difficult for a young girl who'd no reason to trust anyone. There she came across the school bully and cronies who tried very hard to make her life miserable. conversely she was befriended by Lizzie, who was determined to prove to Mary she could be trusted and to be be her true friend. This in itself is inspiring to young teenagers struggling to find their way through to adulthood. But there was Mary's 'gift' to consider, her ability to talk to animals and and heal them. Including Laker, the dog she saved from the lake and brought back to health and who became her very own constant companion. Her destiny, to become an animal ambassador. Sadly there are still evil people who can't cope with her new found popularity which is where I realised, I would want my 10 year old granddaughter to be a little older before she reads it. I really recommend this book, and urge anyone of any age to read it. It is an example of how good can overcome evil. You just need to know who you can trust and have confidence in your own abilities. I am grateful for being given the opportunity to read this beautiful book. Thank you Lori. Kindest regards Gill (Susies friend Gill). You are beautiful writer.
by Gillian Regan