What If? by Barbara Elsborg

Book Info

Author:
Series:
Lost And Found serie by Barbara Elsborg
Number In Series:
2
Publisher:
Barbara Elsborg
Published:
11 November 2021
Book Type
Words:
87,000
Pages:
311
Genre's
Tropes

Synopsis

When 16-year-old Crispin stumbles across Kennedy’s Emporium, he’s transported into a magical world of the impossible. Unicorns, snow globes where the snow never stops falling, bubbles that never pop, paper fireworks that explode and refill, and most magical of all—Garrett Kennedy, youngest son of the owner, who makes Crispin’s heart leap in new and exciting ways. Crispin promises he’ll never forget Garrett, but when he loses Garrett’s gift of a jewelled bee, he also loses his memories of the time he spent with him.

Eight years later, the bee is returned to Crispin, along with memories of Garrett and his amazing world. But how can any of what Crispin now recalls be possible?

And yet…

What if it wasn’t a dream?

What if Kennedy’s Emporium exists?

What if magic is real?

What if Garrett’s been waiting, wondering why Crispin never came back?

And what if Crispin takes a chance on the best thing that’s ever happened to him, assuming he can find Kennedy’s Emporium again?

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Excerpt

Minutes later, snow started to fall, and Crispin pulled up the collar of his coat. As he turned into a narrow street, he spotted an odd-looking shop at a T junction ahead. The amount of fairy lights implied it was a Christmas shop, though it was a weird place to have one because this was a district full of legal firms, insurance brokers and accountants.

As he drew closer to the double-fronted shop, sandwiched between plain looking offices, he saw it was only three storeys high compared to the taller buildings either side, but definitely Christmas themed. It was called Kennedy’s Emporium, the name elegantly written in gold letters on a wooden sign above the door.

Crispin stared through one of the windows and his jaw dropped. The window space was dominated by one huge snow dome with snow swirling inside, and inside that glass ball were dozens of others the size of tennis balls with snow tumbling inside them too. Crispin couldn’t figure out how the snow globes were supported. They seemed to be floating in thin air. Nor could he figure out how the snow continued to move when nothing was being shaken. Were there small motors inside them?

He moved to the other window where soft toys were having a Christmas tea party. Crispin smiled. A penguin was pouring tea for a tiger. A cat sat eating cake. A unicorn was daintily nibbling a sandwich. They really looked as though they were eating because the sandwich and cake were getting smaller. The animatronics were amazing.

“Makes you hungry, doesn’t it?”

Crispin turned to see a boy who looked a little older than him. He had untidy straw-coloured hair, grey eyes and a bright smile. A dangerous curl of attraction coiled in Crispin’s stomach. The sort of curl he only wanted to feel when he was alone in bed.

“Yep.” Crispin smiled back. “The cake looks delicious.”

“Are you coming in?”

“Yes, please.”

The boy laughed. “Don’t you have good manners. My name’s Garrett.”

“I’m Crispin.”

“Come on then.”

Garrett pushed open the door, stepped inside then turned to look at Crispin. Crispin wasn’t sure why he thought Garrett was uncertain as to whether he’d follow him or not, but Crispin walked in.

“You did it!” Garrett gasped.

“One foot in front of the other usually works.” But Crispin had the feeling Garrett was genuinely surprised he’d made it inside.

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