Monday, June 11, 2012

The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood

     In 2010, Maryrose Wood introduced us to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place - Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia.  These three children were discovered by Lord Frederick Ashton running wild and unaccompanied in the Ashton Place woods.  The children were unofficially adopted by Frederick and his wife, Constance, and Miss Penelope Lumley was hired to serve as the children's governess. Since the arrival of the wild, wolf-like children (they are known to howl, bark, and scratch), strange things have been happening at Ashton Place.

     In the third installment of Maryrose Wood's enchanting little series, Miss Lumley is certain that someone means to harm the children.  After receiving a strange and ominous message from a soothsayer, she is more protective than ever of her three wards.  When Frederick's mother visits with a prospective fiance, Admiral Faucet, the household is thrown into disarray and Penelope and the Incorrigibles are thrust into all sorts of adventurous situations, such as a seance and a very revealing ostrich-hunting expedition.  In the meantime, some very mysterious events occur that lead the young governess to believe that the children are in immediate danger and must be protected......but from whom?  Or what?

     There's never a dull moment with Penelope and the Incorrigibles, and Maryrose Wood writes in a way that makes the story equally entertaining for adults.  This series is charming, quirky, and witty - and even includes delightful illustrations of the characters.  The Unseen Guest is the third book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series and I think it's safe to say that there will be a fourth.  I'm not sure how many more books Maryrose Wood plans to add to the series, but Miss Lumley and the Incorrigibles are far from losing momentum.

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