Friday, 23 August 2013

Langdown Manor

Langdown Manor by Sue Reid
Published 6 September 2012 Scholastic
After Penelope's mother dies, her father sends her away from India to stay with relatives in England.
Terribly homesick, Penelope soon realises only her small cousin Clemmie is keen to know her. Her aunt is cold and cousin Arabella is spiteful. Penelope finds solace in riding her horse, Starshine and soon finds herself falling for groomsman Fred.
Set in alternating chapters - one for the upstairs goings on and one for the downstairs servants, this historical Downton-esque teen fiction is a good read and shows well the social difference between the family and staff, the rich and the poor.
I look forward to reading what happens next. 

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