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charming novella
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MYSTERIES OF THORN MANOR is a delightful YA fantasy novella that serves as an extended epilogue for SORCERY OF THORNS. Thorn Manor is to host the Midwinter Ball, but the manor itself is acting up. They will need to investigate the issues with the manor while getting ready to host the ball. Nathaniel and Elisabeth are trying to get closer, but the manor seems to thwart them at every turn. Along with Silas and Mercy, they will find plenty of secrets hidden in the manor and explore its magic and what it needs of them.

This was a really delightful extension of the story. While it does help to have read the original book, the novella does a great job of recapping key facts, so for those who read the first book a while ago, they won't miss a step getting back into it. The characters come to life in their ways with their personalities shining through the text and a romantic overtone as the house seems to want some commitment from Nathaniel and Elisabeth before they are to kiss. Their relationship brings all the swoon to the story, and there was delightful romance between them within this extension. Silas also brings his own heart-wrenching scenes to the story as he connects with the other residents further.

A light-hearted and sweet novella, MYSTERIES OF THORN MANOR is a lovely extension to SORCERY OF THORNS that brings swoon, humor, and a delightful ending.
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