I loved this book. Ibbotson's heroines are a variety of ages from 12 to 32, so not all of her books may be suitable for younger readers. Her heroines are always intelligent, creative, compassionate, and passionate. If you like Lucy Maude Montgomery's Anne Shirley or Maria in the Sound of Music, then you will like Harriet Morton and other Ibbotson heroines.
A gorgeous, lyrical story with vibrant, unforgettable characters. The mature content might stand out among Ibbotson's oeuvre, but it absolutely makes sense within the context of the story, and it is written with a level of detail appropriate for young adults. I have read this book time and time again, and I'm still not tired of it.
I thought this book was really lovely- such a unique and cool idea! However, I completely agree with mindysch- I was dissapointted with it a little.
I am a huge fan of Eva Ibbotson, and so are my two boys. We've read much of her stuff for middle school readers. Then I tried out her young adult/romance offerings and was quite charmed by Countess Below Stairs. However, this book disappointed me because Eva veers from her usually discreet and conservative representation of young romance, and suddenly has her young heroine basking in premarital sex with an older man! I had given this book to my niece before reading it myself, thinking I couldn't go wrong with Ibbotson, but boy was I embarrassed by this one! Probably ideal as a mother-daughter read, inviting important discussions!
One of my all time favorite book i can read it over and over and it is still a fantastic read
inthemeantimes thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
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