Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Mysterious Howling

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #1
By Maryrose Wood
288 pages

Penelope is quite nervous.  She is leaving Swanburne's Academy for Poor Bright Females which has been her home for most of her life, and travelling to Ashton Place to hopefully become the family's governess.  She doesn't know much about the Ashtons, but she assumes that she will be caring for some charming children in a lovely home.  Not quite true.  The children are actually not the Ashtons' children at all, but rather three youngsters they found in the woods, quite naked and with no manners to speak of, apparently raised by wolves.  As Penelope gets to work teaching them English and proper hygiene (Latin and advanced arithmetic may have to wait a bit), she is of course curious as to the story of these three 'Incorrigible Children'.  But that is only the first mystery Penelope will be faced with in this unusual family...

These books are a total hoot!  The language, commentary, and occasional asides are quirky and hilarious.  The characters are memorable and I am completely intrigued with the story.  One of my favorites of the month!

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