This was a cute story and a good start to a series. I didn't care for some of the voices the narrator used, specifically the one she used for Lady Constance. I will likely read the other two rather than listen.
I would recommend this book for children or young adults. The story has a resourceful heroine who is compassionate. The book does a pretty good job of teaching empathy without (generally) beating one over the head with its moral.
The book is clearly a starting of a series, with several cliches: an orphan with a mysterious past who is resourceful, clever and good; allusions to the children being related to their governess; rich people using children cold-heartedly for their own amusement; a secret that not even the main character knows, and mysteries within the house... If you dont mind the "formula" of the book, it is generally a clever book, and well performed.
I hope Katherine Kellgren got paid a boatload of money for this performance because it was absolutely excellent. She nailed the whole thing so perfectly. The story itself was brilliant, and had us snorting with laughter on several occasions. The word "Mayyyheeeem" with raised fist has entered our family's lexicon.
Looking forward to the next book.
Fun for 'kids' of sll ages. The narration by Katherine Kellgren was, as usual, outstanfing.
She creates individual characters for the listener and tells the story so well, the intended by the author's people and word pictures come to life.
I highly recommend and am looking forward to the next in the series.
Also makes me want to own the hardcover books!
The author assumes the intelligence of the young audience, and the result is a joyous listening experience. The reader is an inspiration--best performance I've heard (including the vaunted Jim Dale!).
This is an entertaining children's tale, set in Victorian England (I think?), with the smart, hard-working, and very young governess taking on the job of educating three children who have been reared by wolves, supposedly, and who are now in the dubious care of a lord and lady extremely ill-fit to them. Miss Lumley is dedicated to her task and the children, and they are all surrounded by comical and caricatured people of both the upper classes and also the service classes. It's not fine literature, but it is entertaining, if exceedingly strange.
I listened to the audio version on Audible and the narrator's various ways of speaking the parts make it a rather hilarious listen. Those with children in the target range can better decide if its content is age appropriate.
This was a great light hearted book. It made me laugh out loud a number of time and had me shaking my head with a smile on my face. I think it was wonderfully written and narrated.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
Whilst I am sure this series was meant for a much younger audience, I am loving it! I love the governess, and all her wisdom. The children are a delight. It is nice to see adults caring about youngsters. The "lady of the house" gets on my last nerve after more than one encounter; are there people who really are that dense? I would have told the "lord of the house to take a hike, but since he is seldom home, I suppose it matters not too much. Anything narrated by Katherine Kellgren, is going to be a winner!! This is a lovely series t hat I will read and reread. I hope you will enjoy them as well.
Reader, reviewer, blogger
Absolutely. Ms. Kellgren added a lot of dimension to the tale. Her accents and pace were perfect.
I laughed out loud many times.
This is a strange but very fun story about a plucky young governess in Victorian England. Her charges are unique but she tackles their education with gusto, constantly reminding herself of her own background and her mentor's advice. We know there is a mystery and are given small hints throughout, although many questions remain to urge us to read the next books in the series. I've already continued and hope the remaining volumes are as entertaining as this one.