Rosie Wrinkles and the Wiccan Deity is a breath of fresh air in the over-Pottered Young Adult sector. This is a return to good he old fashioned and simplistic story telling we remember from our own childhoods. Before books were created with half an eye on the resulting video games tie-ins or cartoon spin-offs. A book with a good solid story and not afraid to present some good morals into the mix. Jane E Hill embarked on her writing career after winning a competition sponsored by Mirador Publishing. The company took a chance with Jane on a collection of short stories entitled, The Commuter’s Collection then went on to sign her for this full length novel.
Rosie Wrinkles is the tale of a young orphan girl in Late Victorian London who escapes from the workhouse to embark on a quest that might just save the world. The juxtaposition of the small, frail girl and the enormity of her task is beautifully handled as Hill weaves her particular brand of magic through the narrative.
Peopled by a wonderful cast of characters and with names that would delight any Dickens fan, the book is a whirlwind of ideas and excitement. Jane E Hill carries an unusual style of writing and it is refreshing to see something new emerging from the Young Adult market. For too long it has been dominated by sparkly teenage vampires with insecurity complexes or the endless Harry Potter clones. Well done, Jane and we hope to see more from this promising new author.