A hidden gem, this book is one of the best I have read.
The author vividly brings to life a childhood in an era that was fast coming to a close and has now gone by the wayside. If you are interested in the customs and daily life of a landed Scottish family around the turn of the century there is first-hand information here. The author also skillfully portrays the personalities and general atmosphere of a life lived during this period. It is informative, entertaining, and feeling.
While I can't evoke the narrative voice of the writer in this review, I can provide testimony to it by stating that I have read this short autobiography seven times over the years and I am looking forward to additional readings in the course of time.
Growing up in an ancient castle and being the daughter of the "Monarch of the Glen" sounds wonderfully romantic. But this memoir is nothing of the sort. We hear about the austere, lonely life experienced by the author/reader growing up in a home in which children were not to be coddled or indulged. Christian Miller tells her own story in a flat world-weary voice that not only gives a clear picture of life in the castle, but also conveys the emotionally deadening effect of her harsh upbringing. Listening to this production is like having tea with an elderly relative who takes the time to tell you absolutely everything about her life as a little girl. It is a literate and unusual presentation of oral history.