Category 1. 19th Century Classic.
I loved this! The more I think about this wild tale, I fondly smile and reflect and think, “YEA!”
I had no idea. To be perfectly honest, (what a NUTTY turn of phrase is “perfectly honest…”), the first 20-25% should be considered an Introduction and read AFTER not before.
The story and the characters are quite endearing! Let’s see how much I recall from October . . .
Old lady nearing the state of being house-rich + cash poor and … tenuous at best. A dear sweet scary looking old lady who just needs a friend for pete’s sake! (I know I would have LOVED her and could have made her a fast-friend) anyway… Dear-sweet-old-lady opens a shop in her old house to sell crap and confectioneries to adorable little kids (ok, one kid – but what a lovely little rake, he is!) when “Distant Adorable Cousin” shows up to help and move in and get away from the country.
(This is obviously a condition of the times…. sweet cousin shows up and says “HI! can I stay here?” and they all say, “Sure, why not…”)
OH! but drama. And it was … cute! fun! I don’t know… not as scary as T-rumpville?!
Anyway, there’s a ghost, there’s family history, there’s house-history, there’s devious family members trying to usurp other poor family members and it was
a fun read.
But. WOW was that first quarter part a slog.
(Even if, in hindsight, it kinda sorta helped set up the fun of the rest of it…)
I rated this 4 stars.
“The wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones and… becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief.”
This just might have been my favorite of the books I read that count for the Back to the Classics Challenge… maybe