The Little House Author:Philippa Gregory Ruth Cleary is carried along on a tide of family actions that leave her living in the little house she never wanted with a baby she hadn't planned to have. As Ruth struggles with postpartum depression and unresolved feelings about the premature deaths of her own parents, her mother-in-law, Elizabeth, manipulates information and situations to tak... more »e control over Ruth and her family.
The character of Elizabeth and her relationship with Ruth are developed carefully, drawing the reader through a range of emotional responses to reach the inevitable conclusion that Elizabeth is waging psychological warfare on Ruth.
Gregory's novel is a compelling tale of family relationships and of the horror that can ensue when the balance of power is skewed against one member. That Ruth ultimately triumphs makes this most satisfying reading.« less