Another Eva Ibbotson. I picked this one up at random because I liked the cover (this is a picture of the audiobook cover 'cause I couldn't find a decent-sized image of this version of the book cover. Eventually I'll replace it with a photo. Really [really. It's done now]) and it was cheap (how many times have you heard that?). There were bits of it that were just too predictable, but on the whole it was a beautifully written story of the naivete of a young girl and the consequences of having all your dearest wishes come true.
This is well-written - you care about the characters and you wish to walk down to the square and see the houses. Even though you can tell there's something not quite right you can't do anything about it, no matter how much you want to. And you do. You want to take poor Annika in and show her how much better off she is before her deepest desires come true and she has to learn the hard way. At least, I did. You might do something different.