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The Nanny at Number 43 by Nicola Cassidy
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Read 2 times. Last read September 21, 2019 to September 22, 2019.

I got this free e-book in exchange for an honest review.I read the book with interest, tho there were problems that made it hard to follow the time frame.

The book opened at a small seaport village in Ireland, outside Dublin, in the 1880s. At first it seemed like some of the events had happened many years ago, and ghosts from past crimes were haunting the present new owners of a house in the countryside. But it turned out that only the events of the nanny's childhood took place in the past- approximately 10 years back. The main two crimes, perpetrated by the nanny, (who we distrusted from the beginning) took place just months apart

Books that move between narrators and time changes, often begin the chapters with a date- and the name of the narrator, which is helpful to the reader. This book would have benefited from the same..

That said, the Irish author treated the book as an historical novel. There was a well-drawn picture of life in 1880s Ireland- of the poor as well as the life of the privileged: where and how they lived, where they worked (if they worked), how they dressed, what they ate, medical knowledge and remedies at that time; how they traveled, social customs and etiquette as it affected the classes.. And I was rooting at the end for the evil nanny to be exposed and arrested before another tragedy occurred. Three stars, but the intervention of an editor would have improved the book to 4 stars,

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September 21, 2019 – Started Reading
September 22, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 23, 2019 – Shelved

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