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The Secrets of Winterhouse: 08/23/19

The Secrets of Winterhouse

The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson is the second book in the Winterhouse trilogy. Elizabeth is returning to Winterhouse after a year back with her aunt and uncle. This time, though, she is coming to live permanently with her grandfather.

Things are strange and strained from bus ride in, where Elizabeth's spot is rudely taken by a family of three. They appear to be after something important in Winterhouse but her grandfather seems unwilling to go into important details.

Meanwhile there are clues to a book by Riley S. Granger that might be able to revive Gracella again. While Elizabeth and Freddy are searching for it to keep it out of the wrong hands, there are other mysterious guests intent on finding and using the book.

Like the first book in the series, this one fits in the road narrative spectrum. In the previous one, Elizabeth was acting as an orphan traveler. Now though, with Winterhouse as her home, she is demoted to a family (33) traveler. Her grandfather, though reluctant, does help when needed. Winterhouse, now as her home, is the destination.

The journey is to save Elizabeth's chance at a good and stable home (66). The route taken is maze (CC), in that the hotel has numerous secret passages, some of which are blocked off. The path contains traps and blind alleys. Put all together, this is the tale of a family protecting their home via a maze like journey.

The third book is The Winterhouse Mysteries and will be released at the end of the year.

Five stars

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