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18 July 2012 / getrus

The Uninvited Guests — Sadie Jones

 

It is the day of Emerald Torrington’s twentieth birthday and things do not go exactly as planned.  She and her brother Clovis await the arrival of Patience and her mother, neither of which are entirely wanted at the affair.  Their step-father is off to Manchester to try and save Sterne, the house they live in.

Everything is surprisingly alright until Patience and her mother are to be met at the train and they are asked to allow passengers from a different train which has gone off of it’s tracks.

So, between trying to remain some bit of decorum to their lifestyle and house upwards of fifty displaced persons, not to mention a mother who absents herself whenever she can, a maid who happens to be sick and various other inconveniences.  (One of which Smudge, Emerald’s younger sister, who goes on a Great Undertaking.)  Emerald (with help from some others) manages it all.

This book was an absolute delight to read from beginning to end.  I honestly could not put it down and myself gasping at the surprises and shaking with laughter at each new thing.  It is full of English humor and wit.  I cannot describe how sad I was to finish it is so short a period of time.  It was marvelous and I plan on picking up some the author’s other work soon.  With much anticipation of her new books in the future.

**** (Four Stars)

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