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Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp
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Mar 11, 11

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This was a surprisingly chilling novel, written from the perspective of a young woman, taking care of her orphaned niece. This book does a good job of keeping you guessing. You are never quite sure whether the young girl is being haunted, or if she is merely mentally unbalanced. There's a romantic subplot that I could either take or leave, as it is deeply predictable, and sometimes painfully old fashioned. I know that this is a period piece, and we should expect some old fashioned elements, but Louisa often feels the way that girls of the time period were "supposed" to feel, and it came off unrealistic to me. In addition, she somewhat irrationally despises the man she ends up with when she meets him, a horribly tired romantic cliche.
However, I will try not to let my dislike of the subplot distract from the fact that the story itself is frightening and compelling, and written charmingly.
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