- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: CMX (June 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401211356
- ISBN-13: 978-1401211356
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,196,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the Molders head to town with Emma in their retinue, our young heroine finds herself once again in the place she wished so desperately to be away from. A quick stop to an old friend's final repose and she finds that her mistress has met her eccentric friend from the country, Mrs.Trollope, who finds herself in need of an escort to her son's engagement party.
And then there's William... as the pressures of living under his assumed face of societal duty begins to wear, Eleanor finally gathers the courage to confess her love... at the opera, no less. This, of course, comes as a surprise to a new character added to the dramatic mix... Eleanor's sister, Monica, who is none too happy with her dear little angel's good news.
Mori once again does plenty to flesh out the people of her story, be they large or small, and aptly use them to educate the reader on the means, manners, and subtleties of Victorian/Edwardian living. Equal time is given both to the decadent (yet, proper... they ARE British, you know... well, most of them) Upstairs folk and to the down to earth Downstairs servants and clerks, all of whom are wonderfully real, even if they only have a few frames to appear in.
The art is crisp and clean, as we've come to expect from Ms.Mori, and her attention to detail is exquisite. Speaking of the art, remember my warning from Vol.1? Well, parents, this is where it starts, but I consider it to be perfectly tasteful and in fitting with the character... but, I thought you should know.
Enjoy this volume as things are about to become much more dramatic for our two star-crossed lovers. Will their feelings be able to overcome the obstacles forming ahead...? Only time, and three more volumes (by my tally), will tell.
This is the volume in which Emma grows from a pretty story about pretty, shy people who seem to like each other for some reason into a real story about characters that are feeling human beings.
Big revelations in the last volume + Emma's new employer selecting her as a handmaid for her trip to London tell you exactly where this volume is headed, no? And while there's not a single surprise to be found here, I didn't care one bit. Mori has manipulated both story and reader skillfully enough that even the oldest conventions of the whole upstairs-downstairs genre seem, if not new, at least fully retreaded for the new journey. As enchanting as ever, this series. ****