I read this book in only a few sittings over Thanksgiving break and it completely sucked me in. Very unique concept that builds a dreamy, magical and slightly sinister atmosphere without veering into becoming a creepy ghost story. Nina LaCour paints Mila as a delicate balance between strong/stubborn and vulnerable to the events of her past. The flashbacks of her life with her mother and mother’s boyfriend are realistic with sickening details without being exaggerated or melodramatic.
I wished that the book provided more detail or explanation on how the ghosts ended up at the farm and if they only exist there or can leave the property. The descriptions of all of the food and flowers were spot on for the flora in Northern California—especially the dahlias. I look forward to reading more from this author, especially if her other work is just as dreamy.