The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane

The Faren Chronicles Book 1

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
264 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2019
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Author Biography

Elena Paige is a long time counsellor turned Children’s Book Author with a passion for helping kids be emotionally resilient, compassionate, kind and courageous. Her books for 8-12-year-olds are filled with magic and friends, adventure and family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane (The Faren Chronicles Book 1) by Elena Paige is a fantastical adventure that will take young readers on an adventurous trip with twelve-year-old Chia, a blind girl working in the mines, to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a whimsical house where she is transported along with her duck, Pip, by a mysterious woman. Chia always wanted to escape from the mines and from her stepmother, Priscilla, who wants her to work in the mines to get diamonds. She wants to take Pip and her twin sister Viola along with her. Ms. Roberta, the mysterious woman, makes her change her clothes and leaves her at the doorstep of the new house, promising her that there will be people inside who will take good care of her. There are lots of secrets in the house that are still to be discovered but for the first time in her life, Chia feels that she belongs there. Though she is keen to rescue Viola, her new friends do not think Viola is as innocent as she seems to be. Will Chia be able to free herself and Viola from Priscilla? Do you think Chia can trust Viola? What is the biggest secret Chia discovers about 66 Lilly Pilly Lane along with the other secrets there?

The story has lots of twists and turns and will keep young readers glued till the very end, leaving them eagerly waiting for Book 2. The author does a marvelous job portraying the many interesting characters and making them memorable to readers with their actions and deeds. The plot has magic, fantasy, adventure, intrigue, and suspense and Elena Paige knits them together seamlessly, giving the story a good pace and fluidity. There is not one boring moment in the book as readers join Chia in an adventure of fantasy as she tries to break the curse put on her family!

Edith Wairimu

In the first book of The Faren Chronicles, The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, Elena Paige blends engrossing adventures and enlightening lessons to create a wonderful story that will resonate with both young and adult readers. The work opens with a heartbreaking scene of a blind child rummaging in a dark, frightening mine. Chia is looking for diamonds to appease her cruel step-mother. After the death of her father, Chia is sent to the mines while her sister remains in their house. After suffering at the hands of Hitchens, the brutish mine master, one day Chia decides she has had enough. Everything changes from then as a strange woman shows up in the mines to rescue her. She takes Chia to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a magical place where Chia slowly grasps who she truly is.

The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane features delightful and fascinating characters that include Chia’s pet duck that talks, a tree that speaks and a fussy pink fox. The conversations are entertaining as arguments ensue especially between Pip, Chia’s duck, and Jeremy, the pink fox. Chia goes through a transformation in the book where she learns self-love and the beauty of the house on 66 Lilly Pilly Lane becomes evident. The descriptions in the work are vivid from the presentation of the characters to the beautiful sceneries in the magical place and the melancholy surrounding the mines. The plot takes different turns that arouse excitement regarding the direction of the story. The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane by Elena Paige is a delightful read that includes a powerful lesson.