25 Dec 2010 – LibraryThing Virago Group Secret Santa from Parmaviolet

The last of my lovely Christmas books and another lovely Virago, this time about the quite marvellous Hannah Mole, a ladies’ companion who finds it hard to curb her mischevious tongue and has a slightly chequered past, both things that make it a bit difficult for her to keep jobs.  Employed by a minister to cover the duties of his dead wife, she finds herself drawn into the (delightfully written) famly circle, while maintaining a sparring friendship with the gloriously po-faced Mr Blenkinsop.  An interesting style, humour, but awareness of the situation of single impoverished women, with some good twists and a satisfying ending.