Suspend your disbelief for this glamourous, romantic, fairy tale-like book about goodness and how it always wins against shallowness or selfishness.
If you want a realistic, gritty book about the Russian revolution, don't read this. Eva Ibbotson, although she does have some sadness in the book, is writing a cheerful book that will have you chuckiling to yourself days after you've turned the final page.
Even though it is a children's book, I think that a lot of adults will enjoy it too (my mum does). This is tribute to the author's quirky style, and the way that she doesn't dumb down like many kids' books. Instead, she gives us a glimpse into a lost world of glamour, nice food and lots of gorgeous dresses.
There is a huge range of fun characters, who all have tons of life and personality. In particular, the selfish, spiteful Muriel Hardwicke, the stubbon and perserviring Olive and Dr Lightbody, Muriel's self-satisfied and narrow minded friend.
Although it touches on some darker themes, overall it is an enthusiastic, joyful book that will light up any rainy day.
Buy it, and you definitely won't regret it!