When newly orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy, the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer. Strange secrets abound in the ramshackle house. But conventions are subverted in this atmospheric novel: one of its worlds is suffused with classical scholarship and literary romance, but the other is chaotic, quarrelsome and even farcical. Cassandra is to discover that in real life, tragedy, comedy and acute embarrassment are never far apart.... so pale, so poor, with so execrable a French accent, should fall into this lap of luxury, this vast estate and staff And two ... softly, furtively, like snow, birds nest in the chimneys and fungus branch out in thick layers in the rotting wardrobes.
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2011-09-29|