Monday, 16 March 2015

The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett






The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett
Published 2009 by Penguin AU
Source: purchased
Rating: 4 stars

From the blurb: 'The sky was pitch, and gashed by lightning; loutish waves rose and slumped heavily as mudslides. At a moment when she was filled with desperation, Maddy opened her mouth and yelled for Feather. And half-expected him to appear, because she wanted him to so much.'

Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen.

The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.

Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen.
The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.
Matilda, better known as Maddy, discovers a young boy in her home one evening and proceeds to recount the story of her life. As a young girl she returned home from a round-the-world trip with her father and met a wild boy on a local beach. She named him Feather and fell in love.

I picked this Aussie gem of a book up at a book fair a while ago and I’m so glad I did. I’ve read two of Sonya’s other books and each left me feeling sad (one more so than the other), but this had a different tone to it. The story is whimsical, magical, beautiful,and filled with love and longing. It was a delight to read, with a bittersweet ending.

International readers: The Ghost's Child has been published overseas, so keep an eye out for it.


I love this cover so much, it’s so intricate and beautiful, and I knew I wanted the design on my nails. 


I started with a base of American Apparel Peacock.



Then I used a fine brush, a dotting tool, and acrylic paint for the detailing.