Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011)
Author Sheila O’Connor believes “everyone has a story to tell- and that stories help us see each other’s hearts.”
When Raine arrives at the mysterious artist mansion on Sparrow Road where she and her mother are spending the summer, she has no idea why her mother has agreed to work there as a cook. “No music. No TV. No computer. No telephone. And everyday, silence until supper.” These are the rules presented to her by the brooding and iceburg-like owner, Viktor.
While Raine initially would like nothing more than to get on the next train back home, she is soon preoccupied with questions about Viktor, the artists, the orphans that once lived in the attic, and why her mother suddenly took this job out in the country.
Determined to unlock the many secrets, Raine’s search for answers becomes a story of self-discovery, a story of love, loyalty, forgiveness, and family.