Strange things always seem happen around Glister Butterworth, as we found out in the first volume of her adventures (see here).
Glister’s village is taking part in the annual Village-in-Bloom contest, led by the very pompous Mr Leonard Swarkstone, Lord Lieutenant of Whixleyshire and head of the Gravehunger Moss Bonny Village task force. He is determined to win and is willing to iron out any creases which might appear in the perfect picture he is creating of the village. After Glister takes him on a grand tour of the property, it becomes obvious that Swarkstone does not like what he is seeing! Chilblain Hall is no ordinary home of course; it has a soul and a mind of its own and many unusual and magical things happen there. Things that don’t fit with Swarkstone’s ideal English village. So when he announces that he will make sure that the judges do not see it, the house finds itself insulted and after getting into a huff disappears altogether, taking everything with it, including resident ghost Philippa Veil. Glister and her father have to find themselves a new home and after initially enjoying the all mod cons of their new residence (a state of the art tree house, grown from the ground thanks to a magic bean!), she soon finds herself missing her old house and pining for all its imperfections. Glister therefore decides that she will do anything to bring Chilblain Hall to its rightful place, not only geographically, but also as part of the village. But with the house that has a mind of its own, it will be no mean task!
A big thank you to Andi for sending me this title (as well as a huge apology for taking so long to review it!)