25 Dec 2009 – from Audrey

I took some time off over my Birthday and allowed myself to skip ahead in the To Be Read mountain to have a Persephone treat.  This is a lovely book.  A little similar to “The Brontes Went to Woolworths” in the whimsicality of the piece, the descriptions of childhood were so accurate and perceptive that a slight tendency to lisping tweeness really did not matter.  I really felt for little Babs as she tried to adjust from living a wild outside life with the gardener, nurse and animals, to trying to conform to her shallow aunt’s drawing-room expectations, and really loved the character development.  There was a little preachiness about how to treat children, but it was warranted and of its time, and as a whole this book was a delightful and sweet read.

Read Heaven-Ali’s review of this book.