>> Monday, April 25, 2011

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling
by Maryrose Wood

Penelope Lumley has no idea what she's gotten herself into. She expected to be a governess to normal, well-brought-up children, not ones raised by wolves. But she's determined to teach them to behave, and all in time for Lady Ashton's Christmas ball.

But strange things are happening at Ashton place. And there's too many questions for Penelope to fathom.
What does the coachman have to hide?
What did that strange conversation between her employers mean?
Why is Lord Ashton's missing almanac so important?
And how can she possibly get the Incorrigibles to stop chasing squirrels?

I absolutely adored this book. Starred Review called it "Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket", and a truer description was never written. Penelope was a lovable, intelligent heroine who I could completely relate to. The Incorrigibles were fantastic, and the entire book was well-paced, highly addicting, and uproariously funny. I am most definitely reading the next book.

The only thing I didn't like (besides the occasional, but understandable, anti-hunting sentiments) were the unsolved mysteries at the end.
But I guess that's why it's a series.

Favorite Line: "If it were easy to resist, it would not be called chocolate cake."

Objectionable Content: It is mentioned that the Incorrigibles were naked when Lord Ashton found them in the woods.

Related Reads:
The Name of This Book is Secret-Pseudonymous Bosch
A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket
Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë


Sierra April 25, 2011 at 6:29 AM  

it sounds like a quirky, funny, enjoyable and exciting book!Sierra

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