The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

by Maryrose Wood

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

This book asks you to suspend a lot of reality to make it work.  However, if you are 7 years old and wondering just how three children around your age might act if they were actually raised by wolves, that might just be what you are looking to do.  Miss Penelope Lumley, at 15 a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is placed as governess to Lord and Lady Ashton to take care of three half-wild children found on their property.  After an unusual interview process in which she does not meet the children until after she has accepted the job, she discovers them on her own when her animal-loving instincts hear their cries from the barn.  In a few short months she has them cleaned up, practicing niceties and working on saying words with less howling and more talking.  Apparently they are supposed to be siblings; the main trouble I had with this book was that the author expected us to believe that they were all abandoned together, around the same time, so the oldest would have been at least 4 or 5 and definitely speaking English.  However, there is enough humor in it, especially regarding Penelope’s proper upbringing, to forgive all the holes.  There are also some darker themes, especially Lord and Lady Ashton’s relationship, but probably the target audience for this book is too young to pick up on that.  Overall solid and entertaining.

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