Book Review

Esme’s Wish – Elizabeth Foster

Today I am joining the blog tour for Esme’s Wish, the Middle Grade/YA magical realism book by Elizabeth Foster. Many thanks to Elizabeth, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


A warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery, magic, and mythology, and prose that ‘flows like water.’ Prepare to fall in love with Esperance! 

 When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.

“A fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, New York Times best selling author of Nim’s Island.

 This inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.

Esme’s Wish recently won first place in the fantasy category of the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognises excellence in children’s literature.

Esme's Wish cover[2]


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Mythical creatures, magical powers, a search for a lost love one and a mission to save a strange world – these are all the things that, in my opinion, are vital for a good fantasy adventure, and Esme’s Wish has these by the bucket load.

From page one, I was drawn to Esme and the pain she was feeling watching her father remarry. Even though I am fortunate in the fact that this is not something I have experienced, I believe this is something that will resonate with a lot of young readers. Add to this Esme’s isolation, both physical and emotional, and you have a heroine who it is impossible not to fall for. Whilst the lighthouse keeper’s cottage sounds like my idea of heaven, I can imaging that as a teenager I would have found it very lonely.

Elizabeth Foster’s description of the remote point where Esme lived, and the deserted island of Spindrift are so atmospheric that as I was reading about them, I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather visit – that is, until I encountered Esperance. Even though it has it’s troubles, the community was so warm and welcoming, and the town itself so full of wonder, it made me wish this was somewhere I could visit myself. It was just everything that had been missing from Esme’s life since her mother’s disappearance, and it really warmed the heart.

The adventure and mystery that unfolded throughout the book was perfectly paced to keep you reading, but still have time to appreciate all the new sights and sounds, and enjoy the discovery of new creatures. The different levels of adventure and exploration mean this is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages. Personally I can’t wait to visit Esperance again in the next book.


A-Elizabeth Foster Hi Res 06 (1)I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series.  My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.







Win 3 x pairs of e-books Esme’s Wish & Esme’s Gift (Open Internationally)

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To find out more about this book, make sure you have a look at the other blogs taking part in the tour.

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