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Book Review - The Amber Pendant (The Rose Muddle Mysteries)

2nd March 2018

When twelve-year-old Rose Muddle is plucked from the workhouse to become a maid in a grand house, she knows her life is about to change forever. But when she is called to see elderly Miss Templeforth the mistress of the house, she fears that she is sure to return straight back to the workhouse. 

Far from being sent back, Rose is shown a large amber pendant, glinting in the firelight. As her fingers close around it, her mind is taken far away from the library and the flickering fire to the sight of an aging hand with a blackened sun tattooed on the wrist. In spite of the darkness that she sees, for the first time in her life she feels a sense of belonging - she knows the pendant should be with her.

Rose is told that when Miss Templeforth dies, she is to become the new guardian of the amber pendant, and that she is always to protect it. But before she has time to get used to the idea, Miss Templeforth breathes her last breath, and the amber pendant vanishes without a trace.

Rose's world descends into chaos and she knows that to fix it she must find the amber pendant. With the help of her new friend Rui and Bahula the monkey, she sets out on a mission to find it, and to bring order back to the world.

But Rose soon learns that the world is a darker place than she imagined, and that those people she thought she could trust, may be the very ones that are causing the darkness. 

The Amber Pendant is a fast-paced novel with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right until the last page. We loved the setting of Victorian Hove, with the exotic twist in the form of Bahula the monkey, and the great friendship that developed between Rui and Rose as they sought to find the amber pendant.

Perfect for fans of Cogheart and A Place Called Perfect, if you're after a novel full of mystery with a historical setting, then The Amber Pendant is the one for you. 

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