17 Marigold Lane was a great 5 star read and book one in the Prudence Penderhaus series.
My heart was squeezed and I got teary eyed fairly quickly after I started this book. My heart went out to Prudence. Not only has she received some very heartbreaking news, but she endures bullying while on her way to school. This is something that has been an everyday thing for her.
She decides she has nothing to lose and goes up to the supposed haunted house that everyone is afraid to go to. There are rumors of a coffin in the living room along with other spooky things. When she knocks on the door an unexpected person comes to the door, someone she never expected to meet, a boy her age.
Cassius has never been out in the world. As he gets to know Prudence she convinces him to go outside with her. When Cassius starts to do inappropriate things Prudence feels responsible for him. There are several more unexpected twists and we find out some secrets that were thought long buried away.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Prudence is a very strong young lady, that has gone through a lot. Cassius tugged at my heart strings and he had a great connection with Prudence. These two made my heart smile. I will warn that you may need kleenex, my heart broke for the things that Cassius went through. R.M. Gilmore pulled me right in, I can’t wait to read more from this series.