When a mysterious letter arrives at her family home one day Cora is intrigued about what it offers, a chance to look after a menagerie of creatures at Direspire Hall. Since the tragic death of it’s owners nobody has been near the place and the whispers in her village talk of menacing and terrifying monsters locked away inside. Inextricably drawn to this strange and dark place Cora befriends the gardener and meets these magical creatures realising this is her dream role. But there are dark secrets hidden within this home and Cora soon realises things aren’t exactly how they seem. Torn between her head and a heart, Cora must find a way to protect these creatures at the risk of losing everything she’s worked so hard to achieve.
‘The Creature Keeper,’ is a thoughtful and intriguing tale which is bound to capture the imagination of readers. Damaris introduces us to a whole host of magical and extraordinary creatures who completely take her breath away but she soon realises that their lives are a shadow of what they should be. Enclosed in a glasshouse with not enough room to live properly, she knows that it’s not fair to them. Her anguish at wanting to protect them but knowing that her job is helping to look after her family is apparent. But Cora is daring and courageous and decides to risk everything before finding herself mixed up in a dangerous plan which would put the creatures in terrible jeopardy. With strong themes of conservation, it illustrates to the reader the importance of looking after the world we live in a conscious manner not at the expense of those creatures we want to save. A wondrous and compelling tale which is bound to enchant readers.
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