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The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood
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Apr 28, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place grow on you from book to book, as does their tutor, Miss Penelope Lumley - trained at Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. They are smart, resourceful, brave and fun.

In the third book we meet Bertha, Admiral Faucet (fah-say - not to be confused with the plumbing) and Lord Frederick's mother. We learn that she remains in mourning after the tragic loss of her husband in the medicinal tar pits while on a spa holiday years before. We also learn that Lord Edward (as that was his name) suffered an affliction that befell him at each full moon - he would scratch and howl and bark and yip. This ceased as soon as Frederick was born, though it seems that Frederick acquired the symptoms himself. His mother knows. His wife, Lady Constance, does not. Miss Lumley has her suspicions.

Lord Frederick's mother has returned to ask for her son's blessing for a marriage to the Admiral. He plans to use her money to establish ostrich (that is what Bertha is) racing and all the accoutrements needed to support the venture. Bertha has escaped into the woods of Ashton Place and the children are needed to help track her down. Once in the woods their animal side is more pronounced and Miss Lumley fears she may have lost them. After all why not stay in the woods when there is a dry, comfortable cave supplied all the quilts and feather pillows you need along with candles, art supplies, all you desire for learning, as well as a picnic hamper full of delicious sandwiches - your exact favorite kinds!

Simon Harley-Dickinson comes back to help as well as Madame Ionesco. Old Timothy, the groom, again seems to mysteriously appear in all the right places at all the right times. Things happen because he knows - ALL that he knows remains a mystery.

I am looking forward to the next book. Until then I will enjoy the notions of never thinking about ELKS and the image of Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia tossing their peas into the air to catch each time the raven calls "nevermore" (Professional educator that she was, Penelope was proud to have devised a way to combine the study of poetry and the eating of vegetables into a single enjoyable lesson.) and Lady Constance's attempts at hide and seek.
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