Dig in to this middle-grade fantasy featuring a horticulturally minded princess, a beautiful butevil witch, and a magpie with a shameful secret.
Princess Adela is not a typical princess. She s neither particularly beautiful nor particularly graceful, and she d rather spend her days digging new plots for her garden than listening to teatime gossip. But when her friend Garth is invited to a garden party hosted by Lady Hortensia whose beauty is said to be rivaled only by the loveliness of her gardens Adela can t resist coming along, even if it means stuffing herself into a too-tight dress and donning impractical shoes. But the moment Adela sets eyes on Hortensia s garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom in the middle of October Not only that, there is a talking magpie flitting about the garden and stealing the guests jewels. Is it possible that Hortensia is a witch and the magpie an enchanted prince? And what of the flowers themselves? Will Adela get to the root of the mystery and nip trouble in the bud before it s too late?"