Title: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour
Author: Ally Carter
Publication Date: 03 March 2020
Synopsis: When 11-year-old April joins a group of kids living at Winterborne Home she doesn’t expect to be there for very long. But she soon learns that this home isn’t like any of the others – especially when she unearths the secret of the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, Gabriel Winterborne, who is neither missing nor dead but is actually living in a basement lair, sharpening his swords and looking for vengeance.
Now that April knows Gabriel Winterborne is alive, she must turn to the other orphans to keep him that way. As a looming new danger threatens to take Gabriel down once and for all, they must use their individual talents to find a way to make sure this home for misfits isn’t lost to them for ever.
Because at the Winterborne Home, nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say they are and nowhere is safe. And now a ragtag group of orphans must unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a supposed phantom and a secret key, all without alerting the adults of Winterborne House that trouble is afoot.
Format: Paperback courtesy of Hachette Australia
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Representation: All of the kids are orphans/abandoned as children. Sadie (side character) is black.
Content warnings: A bit of violence (non-graphic), slight bullying.
I was so graciously gifted this copy of Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Hachette Australia after I requested it. Since I am so very new to this side of book blogging, I was ecstatic when a copy arrived in the post for me! Thank you so much Hachette for this book!
This is the first Ally Carter book I’ve read, and I absolutely enjoyed it.
I have a thing for orphans and foster kids (that sounds weird, but I blame growing up watching Pippa foster countless kids on Home And Away that made me love lost-children stories).
This story sees April, who has been shuffled from house to house ever since her mother abandoned her, only leaving her a key that April wears around her neck all of the time, and a note saying she would be back soon. Soon, however, doesn’t seem to have a time frame, and it’s been so long since April has seen her mother. But she doesn’t let that thought stop her from knowing that her mum will one day come back to her.
After an incident at a museum, April is taken to yet another place to live. However, this time, she’s joined by two other foster children, Violet and Tim, and they all move in to the Winterborne House. There they join Sadie and Colin, who have lived at the Winterborne House for a few years.
The Winterborne House is different than what April is expect, as she doesn’t expect to hang around too long. She knows what it’s like being in the foster system – nothing is permanent.
However, she quickly discovers that the long-lost, presumed dead, Gabriel Winterborne, heir to the Winterborne fortune, isn’t actually dead at all, and is, in fact, living at the Winterborne House, just out of sight from everyone else.
What April also discovers is that Gabriel is back because he wants vengeance.
This book has so many adventures that April goes on in the Winterborne House, and it makes for such a fun read.
I loved April’s determination to get things done that she wants done. Her character isn’t flawless, but rather telling of a young girl moved from place to place from such a young age.
Even though April is used to going at things alone, she does accept the help of the other children who she lives with, and it was so wonderful to see everyone coming together for a single purpose.
This book was so fun to read, and I was completely captivated by the plot. It was fast, easy, and left me wanting more.
I am eager for the second book to come out so I can find out what happens next!