Alice’s brother needs a new heart and when one becomes available Alice is sent to stay with a grandmother she doesn’t even know. When she gets there she hears of her grandmother’s plans to cut down the Darkling Wood all around her house. At first Alice agrees with the decision but she soon meets friends, including an elusive one named Flo, who are against the decision. In fact, Flo says, if the wood is torn down the fairies will do terrible things. Flo says that Alice needs to believe in the fairies to help them stop the wood from being destroyed. Alice struggles with this but as time passes and her brother gets worse and every plan to tear down the woods in thwarted she begins to think maybe fairies are real after all. Can she save the woods and also find out what happened between her father and her grandmother long ago?
This was a clever book. Throughout the book we get snippets of letters from a girl to her brother in WWI. It isn’t until the end of the book that everything comes together. There are also some great historical bits about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and fairies. A good read.