I liked this story. When I read Jeanne’s review that this book had gobsmacking properties, I had to have it. And when gobsmacking reviews coincide with my ordering books online, the potential is high that such will get ordered. Sure enough, that’s what happened.
gobsmacked |ˈgäbˌsmakt|adjective Brit., informal – utterly astonished; astounded.
I liked it. I was amused. My friend Amused, however, was not. You can read her review here.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: The guests that show up unexpected (and uninvited) to the manse in horrible weather, early twentieth century England were victims of a train wreck. The railways asked our Swift family (if we can call them that?) to put them up for the night until the railway company had the means to fetch and deal. Of course, our Swift family and the guests that WERE invited were not quite sure how to entertain these unwanted wretches. They happened to crash (ha!) and shall I surmise? thus WRECK Miss Emerald’s birthday party. She was celebrating turning twenty.
The Swifts are not wealthy but wanted to make that appearance. Or they HAD been wealthy but lost their fortune and were soon to lose the manor, too.
Let’s see, what else is relevant…
Emerald has two suitors at the party and not quite sure she wanted either or any.
Emerald’s mother has a past.
Emerald’s brother needs to be slapped and told to grow up.
Emerald’s little sister just needs some loving attention.
Yep, this was as an odd little story. Parties, horses, crazy wild-ideas of a child who lacked attention, spoiled insolent sons, mothers who are also spoiled and a bit insolent, and a house full of people that need food and shelter and, shall I suggest, a schedule to use the facilities?
Dark menacing thunderstorms, parlor games, sinister motivations, much confusion,
and _____ a ghost story even. AND yes, a happy ending! _______.
I really was quite entertained.
RATING: Four slices of rabbit pie.