“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.”
– Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song

Welcome! I’m Elizabeth Foster, author of Esme’s Wish, the first book in the Esme series. Scroll down this page to learn more about the story and check out reader reviews under the ‘Esme’s Wish’ page above, or else on Goodreads here.

Esme’s Wish is available in either print or e-book on Amazon. For Australian readers, try Amazon Australia or Booktopia. Or ask your local bookshop to order in a copy for you via Novella Distribution.

For teachers and librarians:

Comprehensive teachers’ notes for Esme’s Wish, suitable for advanced Stage 3 and Stage 4 students in the NSW curriculum, are available here.

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Esme’s Wish

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. Esme soon discovers that her mother, Ariane – a talented painter of myths and legends – once led a secret second life in the crumbling canal city of Esperance. The more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her mother at all…

Esme’s Wish, a fantasy with a mystery at its heart, leads the reader into a beguiling world to which they’ll want to return again and again.


Now, nothing else mattered. She had found the place her mother had whispered of, the place sewn into the fabric of her dreams.

- Esme's Wish

Praise for Esme’s Wish

“When I was younger, my bookshelf was filled with books like Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin, Warriors and other such tales. Now, Esme’s Wish joins that line up of absolutely perfect books for a teenager to read.”

- Celeste, @yellowbrickreads

“Debut novelist, Elizabeth Foster serenades us with the smoothest and silkiest of poetic language that casts you back to the classic writers of old… It’s that kind of book that keeps you furiously carrying on with bated breath while the mystery unfolds, yet ‘wishing’ it would never end.”

- Romi Sharp, Just Write For Kids

This colorful, well-constructed tale is as much detective story as fantasy and deftly blends both elements into a page-turning plot… I was fascinated by the creative water world of Aeolia, described in Elizabeth Foster’s limpid, seductive prose.”

- Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite 5 STARS

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