I’d been looking forward to reading the second installment of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. It didn’t disappoint.As a refresher, the story follows Penelope Lumley who acts as the governess for a trio of feral children. Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia were mysterious children found in the woods near Ashton Place and though Lumley tries to follow advice from her mentor Miss Mortimer, life keeps getting more and more mysterious!
Life gets even more complicated as the children and their governess are swept off to London. Lumley senses sabotage but happily a handsome young man, and a velocipede arrive in the nick of time. She also manages to discover something of her own history, and a tantalizing secret about Lord Frederick Ashton.
Maryrose Wood’s writing style is both whimsical and sincere and her reference to Robert Burns’ poetry fully engage the reader in the world that she has created. Her characters are likable, humorous, and bizarrely realistic. Each book (thus far) has been a complete story unto itself, but adds little elements into the history of Penelope Lumley and her curious charges. I look forward to the day when I can read this book to my kids.