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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Watchmaker Publishing (July 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603863591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603863599
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
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Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for three children's books: The Secret Garden,A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy. But she wrote an adult novel and it's a fairly good one. If you are a fan of "Downton Abbey" you'll like the setting and drama in this novel, though it gets a bit melodramatic and it's not up to the standards of great English literature, not by a long shot. Burnett, who wrote some of the best children's literature ever, is no Jane Austen or Emily Bronte or Elizabeth Gaskell. Her characters are lightly sketched, her surroundings poorly described, and her plots are definitely melodrama. Still, there is something pleasurable about this novel and the first and third sections are very good. Only the middle is a bit overheated and silly.

Emily Fox-Seton is a young woman of good breeding, with wealthy relatives but no parents, and she is poor. This situation, the poor but well-bred young lady, is a common dilemma for Edwardian and Victorian novels. Such a woman has to find a wealthy but acceptable husband, or live in dire poverty taking in sewing, making hats or being a governess. You know the drill...

Emily Fox-Seton earns her bread by running errands and being a sort of employment agent and party organizer for wealthy, lazy and incompetent women of means, among them Lady Maria of Mallows. There, being run ragged by Lady Maria, she meets Lord Walderhurst. The widowed marquess is seeking a second wife to bear an heir to the considerable Walderhurst fortune, but isn't really a very ardent fan of women and all that comes with it. Emily promotes the case of an equally poor but castle-raised Irish beauty with a bunch of sisters waiting in the wings to try their luck at a rich husband if she fails to save the family. However, the target of their designs, Lord Walderhurst, has other ideas.

The second section of the book takes place at the Walderhurst estate. The heir apparent (until Walderhurst cracks one out on his own--entailed estate, ya'know) is a boorish cad named Osbourn married to an Anglo-Indian beauty with an evil servant, who does all the bad things Hester can't bring herself to do. I think the novel was originally written to have Hester be the villain, but the author split off Hester's bad parts and made her more sympathetic and gave the ayah Ameera the dirty work to do along with Osbourn. The entire section is dripping with melodrama and comes off like a third-rate penny dreadful. Sad, as the novel began so well.

The third half recovers well--and Emily and Walderhurst face a huge challenge. TYou think "this one is going to die" but then there is a surprise turn. The end, however, peters out as if it was hastily shut off. The novel was originally in two parts, and it shows. (I "read" the audiobook, which seems to be both novels combined. It was also filmed, perhaps not very well from the reviews, which is sad as with editing, it could actually be quite fun. 
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