Fantasy Friday: Rose by Holly Webb

Holly Webb's Rose books, a beloved magical adventure series from the UK, are finally being released in the United States. In this charming blend of Harry Potter and A Little Princess, Rose is left under a rosebush at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls when she is less than a year old. At St. Bridget's, the girls are trained to be scullery maids and leave the Home at age 14 to find work. Unlike most of the other girls in the orphange, Rose, now 10, is looking forward to the day she gets to earn her own money. So when the Head Housekeeper to England's most important magician comes looking for a young girl to train as a maid, Rose jumps at the chance.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the Fountain Home, Rose realizes she's different than the other servants. Only she can sense the magic that seeps into the house's walls. Only she is unafraid to clean the master's storeroom. And only she can hear the voice of the master's white cat, Gus, in her head. Magic only exists in noble families, so how does an orphaned scullery maid have the ability to talk to plants and create pictures in the air? And will this lowly orphan be able to save the children of England from a magical menace that only she can sense?

Filled with humor, magic, an upstairs-downstairs feel reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a charming new heroine, this import is a must-read!