The only stick in the mud is the governess, homesick Miss Martin. She doesn't approve of Katrine's fraternizing with actors or the family's current obsession with Judge Toddington, or Toddy as they call him. She can't figure out what's going on either. It made me feel sorry for her. She's a huge pain in the rear but it would be hell always being the one out of the joke.
Deirdre has an opportunity to meet the real Toddy's wife and she gets nervous. How will reality compare to the fantasy? And how can she keep from scaring the poor woman to death?
I'd love the live in the Carne sisters' world for a little while. They're mad as hatters but they have a great time. It's quirky and whimsical. Even when they have disappointments, their fantasy world helps them overcome them. I enjoyed the pre-war era setting but didn't appreciate some of the snobbishness displayed by the family.
Most of the book is told from Deirdre's point of view in the first person. Occasionally the point of view would shift to Miss Martin. I sort of understand why but I found it disjointed.
Overall I thought it was cute and enjoyed it. And what's with that title? Well, the family goes to Bronte country and something unusual (even for them) happens.
Thanks to BiblioSue for sending this to me.
Since I read this for Nymeth's 1930s Mini- Challenge, I thought I'd post a photo from the 30s.
This is my Grandparents' wedding in 1934. They were farmers so it was nothing fancy. But look at my Grandmother's shoes!
I love them!