This is an action-packed, emotional book geared toward readers aged 8-12, but it’s perfect for both children and adults. I absolutely loved it. There’s hidden passages, secret islands, sword-fights, mystery, teamwork, hope, and utter mayhem. It’s the second book of a series, and while I definitely recommend reading the first book, Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, it’s not a requirement.
April is one of five orphans taken under the guardianship of the Winterborne Foundation and moved into the legendary mansion grounds by the sea. With a butler running the house and a caregiver managing the children’s educations and the finances, everything is perfect. Until the long lost heir returns and takes over.
The children love him, but Gabriel Winterborne has no idea how to run a household, educate children, or do any of the other things required by the department of child services. He also disappears, leaving five children unattended when their case manager shows up. April’s new family may be torn apart right when she’s finally find a real home. Can they evade child services, locate Gabriel, and contain the chaos before they lose everything they love?
Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery is a delightful book, just like the first book of the series, and I’d love to see it turned into a movie or tv series. I hope there are more books to come.
Advance Reading Copy provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Netgalley at my request.
I purchased the audiobook versions of both the first and second books for my collection via Audible.