Book 09 of my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018
The original cover (with its photograph like image of a mysterious iron gate leading into a secret garden) drew me into the book. Along with the fact that I read a wonderful review on the blog ‘A Little Book Problem’. The new cover is more contemporary and will I am sure draw a younger reading audience.
What a truly magical story. I was hooked from the start. The tale of Cassie a young woman who has lost her way in life, she is downtrodden and is trying to establish her true place in the world. During a cleaning job she spots an advert that is just what she is looking for. A place to escape and hide away.
The beautiful Lancashire countryside and the pretty little village of Ribblemill is where she finds herself. Particularly the house of ‘Ramblings’
…they pulled onto a gravel forecourt in front of a house of stately proportions. Built of a pale grey stone, elaborate turrets and towers propped up the corners and huge chimneys burst through the roof. There was no symmetry or order. It looked like someone had thrown every fantasy together in one building – yet it worked. It was beautiful.
Cassie is offered the job and becomes the live-in companion of Mrs Frances Smallwood but it is not without its obstacles. First there is the nephew Barney who has his own personal issues and then there are the spoilt ‘rich kids’ Frances’s grown up offspring.
The descriptions of the house, the rooms and the countryside are wonderful bringing the story to life. We also meet so many wonderful characters, the village is a very close knit community and come together in times of need. It is a place I would certainly like to live myself.
This for me was a real feel-good story very highly recommended.
A Little Book Problem – https://alittlebookproblem.co.uk/2017…