I am not quite so enthusiastic as others have been about this book, although I did finish it and quite enjoyed it. As the book is moved along mostly by dialogue, it felt at times as if I was reading a play. This was Ok in the beginning, a bit of a novelty, but by the end I really found the book lacked depth and was rather shallow, not enough substance to be really engaging. As it was presented as a rags-to-riches/Cinderella-type tale, I was not captured by the intrigue of whether Miss P would get to stay with Delysia, as it seemed rather a foregone conclusion, as was the notion that she would somehow eventually find a man. A lukewarm response from me. I did enjoy the illustrations though
Snappy and fast paced and funny with a lovely ending. A little too wordy in places, so much information in a page I frequently found myself rereading a paragraph and wishing I was further on but overall a good story.
I agree about Tigger's Pettigrew comments. Both books have been winners for me.
I loved this book. I think it's creeping onto my all time fave list and that I might need to go buy a copy as I have a habit of repeatedly rereading books I love. It had cracking pace, great humour, was light and punchy but still quite a shrewd social commentary. Thanks SteamedTreacleSponge, it's a gem.
Oh and based on this year's swaps, I think I'm just going to amazon search every book with 'Pettigrew' in the title!
Finished this the other night - it's a type of writing that I generally find quite annoying, but this ended up winning me over with its down-to-earth brand of feminism, encouraging women to enjoy their bodies (lots of kissing) and keep odd hours with whatever company they please.
I am really enjoying this - about two thirds of the way through. I was so pleased to receive it as I was hoping not to receive something I had read before or something 'too heavy' . This book was a lovely surprise as it is refreshingly different and set in a period of history that I love. I also am interested in the publishers and the list of other books that have been published. The characters are extremely well written.