An enthralling and enchanting adventure set in turn-of-the-century Vienna from the author of the best-selling JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA. In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. Annika grows up in the servants' quarters of the house of some eccentric Viennese professors, but dreams of the day when her real mother comes to find her, and she discovers who she really is. Then her dream comes true - but not in a way that she could ever have imagined...Eva Ibbotson's hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for readers young and old.
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have also won and been shortlisted for many prizes. Eva died peacefully in October 2010 at the age of eighty-five.