Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle by J M Evenson

Dalya is in Istanbul with her father.  He plans on selling the ancestral home of his family.  It's in such bad shape she can't imagine it selling.  Then despite his promises, he's always on the phone talking about work.  Her aunt is boring.  What can she do for fun?

Capstone and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.

Her aunt tells her about a family curse.  She's not sure if she believes her or not.  But when her aunt settles down to take a nap, she heads up to the attic, where she was told not to go.  There she finds an ink bottle with messages inside.  It says it can grant her wish if she rubs it.

She rubs it and wishes to go home.  She never imagined she's find herself as a cat years ago in the same house when it was almost new.  The woman tries to chase her out but the girl living there hides her and lies.  The cat finds out the aunt is keeping all the things sent to the girl and sells them.  She tells the girl her father has forgotten her...

It starts with the cat and the girl, then they add a rat, and then a dog.  They are looking for the magician that made the ink bottle but they run into a batch of squirrels who intend to stop them.  They have more than one encounter with squirrels.  And the magician doesn't want to help Dalya.

Everyone grows a bit stronger as time goes on.  Will Dalya ever get home?  Will the other girl's father come and save her from her mean aunt?

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