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The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
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really liked it

** spoiler alert ** Overall, my feelings on this book are a little mixed. I love Sarah Ladd's writing, but this book didn't quite feel the same for me. The ending seemed a little rushed compared to the rest of the book (everything is tied up rather nicely in a short amount of time while getting the "mystery" uncovered drags out for quite some time).

The dedication of the main character, Delia, and her love for the children she oversees is wonderful. She is definitely one to be admired. When their uncle enters the picture and quickly grows to love them - also sweet. Delia has a mysterious past that is slowly unveiled over the course of the story, but at times it is rather slow, especially since it isn't that sinister - only the family she married into and had no control over.

The relationship that develops between the two main characters is touching. The inclusion of Jac's ventures with the cider mill and letting the children be involved in the land/farming was also great.

Where I started losing it (and the book began speeding through a bit too quickly) was when Delia has to help lead the authorities to the hiding place. Mentally I'm trying to picture how she (in a dress) is doing all this fancy maneuvering on a cliff to get into a cave they had to crouch down to crawl through and yet could move large crates of silver out of, seemingly easily. She is able to make a quick escape - again, in the pitch black of night in a dress. It just seems so unrealistic on so many levels.

Otherwise the rest of the story was wonderful, I'm personally just a little bit done with heroines having to be a part of the "action" in a sense when it borders on unrealistic.

Note: I was sent a complimentary copy via NetGalley to review prior to the book's release. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Reading Progress

February 5, 2019 – Shelved
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
March 7, 2019 – Started Reading
March 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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