The Greenglass House by Kate Milford

// Book Review //

A wonderfully charming, rambling old inn adorned with unusual green stained glass windows, an unexplored attic filled with undiscovered treasures and a host of suspicious guests sets the stage for this cozy, middle grade mystery. If you enjoy atmospheric settings that correlate with your current season, this book would be a perfect match to read on a cold, wintery day.

I do not want to spoil the story for you, so I will limit this review to the themes of the book. Kate Milford expertly incorporates themes of truth, lies, loyalty, mystery, thievery, vendettas, friendship, camaraderie, self-identification, the need to belong, anxiety, trust, competition, role playing and problem solving. One aspect of Greenglass House that I absolutely enjoyed was the relationship between Milo and his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Pine were always attentive, loving and encouraging to Milo while still providing the necessary space he needed to explore, uncover and investigate his feelings. I also appreciate the authenticity and honesty that Kate Milford brings to the subject of adoption as we, the reader, experience Milo’s apprehension combined with his need for discovery as he searches for an understanding of his place in both his family and the world. Don’t miss the author’s note at the end of the book which provides background information regarding Kate Milford’s personal connection to international adoption. Her thoughts and perspective are amazing!

I am still processing the ending of this story which completely surprised me and caught me off-guard. In all honesty, I enjoyed the majority of this book, however, I have a few issues with elements in the ending. I do often find that my analysis of a book will change as I spend some time reflecting on it so I am curious where I will ultimately land on this one. How about you? Have you read Greenglass House? If so, what are your thoughts?

Favorite Quotes from Greenglass House:

“Nobody said it had to be a story with an ending all neatly tied up like some ridiculous fairy tale. This story's true, and true stories don't have endings, because things just keep going.”

“It is not merely our adversaries we must investigate...We must always work to know ourselves better, too.” 

“... The thing about attics and basements was, everything in there had once been a treasure to someone.” 

Book Details:

Title: The Greenglass House

Author: Kate Milford

Publisher: HMH Books

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-0544540286