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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Jane Eagland
Publisher & Pages: Scholastic, 326 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Something raps on the window. A small white hand.
A child’s voice cries, “Let me in. Emily! Let me in.”
Gladly, Emily runs to the window and throws it wide. “Elizabeth?”
But there’s no one there. Just the wailing wind, driving icy rain into her face.
Emily leans out into the blast. No one down in the church-yard moving among the gravestones. No light in the church, with its tall black tower.
For a moment she can’t breathe. And then a feeling of horrible desolation sweeps over her and she howls into the night, into the darkness, the emptiness . . .
“Emily! Wake up!”
She comes to, sobbing, with Charlotte’s arms round her.
“Shh. It’s all right.” Charlotte strokes her back. “You were dreaming, that’s all.”
Highlight: A splendid “finding yourself” tale.
Caution: There are quite a few historical inaccuracies.
Highlight: Easy to understand language which audiences will relate to.
Caution: It can take a while to become absorbed in the story.
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Tasha Alexander
Publisher & Pages: HarperCollins, 310 pages
Emily agreed to wed Philip, the Viscount Ashton, primarily to escape her overbearing mother. Philip’s death while on safari soon after their wedding left Emily feeling little grief, for she barely knew the dashing stranger.
But her discovery of his journals nearly two years later reveals a far different man than she imagined – a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who apparently loved his new wife deeply. Emily’s desire to learn more of her late husband leads her through the quiet corners of the British Museum and into a dangerous mystery involving rare stolen artifacts. To complicate matters, she’s juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond matrimony into darker realms…
Highlight: A wonderful debut novel.
Caution: Lady Emily can be unlikable at some times.
Highlight: A great social commentary on certain parts of Victorian England.
Caution: There were a few instances of “cheating the narrative.”