Book 2 of Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
By Maryrose Wood
313 pages of curious mystery and adventure
Why is it that some people judge and never see, while others accept and look to understand? I know it is that way in life, (well at least in life at school) and it is like that in The Hidden Gallery. Lady Ashton has judged the children are ruinous animals and that is all she finds. Simon has found them curious and intelligent so he finds artists, writers and actors.
In this second book more pieces are coming together to reveal why the wolf children were found in the woods behind Ashton Manor, why Miss Lumley was selected to be their nanny and why the “hunt” always seems planned for the full moon – but the instigator remains unknown.
There are lots of questions to wonder about – why must Miss Lumley use hair poultice to dull and darken her hair? When she doesn’t use it her hair is rich and auburn…just like the three Incourrigibles. Why does Lord Ashton consistently maintain an almanac, disappearing on the night of the full moon while yips and barks are mysteriously heard? Where is Agatha Swanburne the wise founder of Miss Lumley’s alma mater and why is her portrait found in the British Museum?
Agatha Swanburne’s advice guides Miss Lumley while also offering readers words to live by as well. “When a big leap is required, a running start makes all the difference – so get moving.” “You care for children and protect them by having faith in them, seeing the best in them, and teaching them to see the best in themselves.” “ You’re not where you were, and you’re not where you’re going. You’re here, so pay attention!”
I appreciate the notions of the “fickle fulcrum of fate” – the seesaw balance of your life and the feelings of being “optoomuchtic”
I really enjoyed this book – perhaps even more than the first and I am looking forward to reading the third right way. I hope some of my questions will be answered and that I will find more wise words to live by.