Jane Harris has written a wonderful debut novel. Set Scotland in 1863, it tells the story of a young girl from a hardscrabble background who becomes a servant and her relationship with the lady of the house. The lady, Arabella, has many secrets and her strange behavior at first mystifies and then draws in young Bessy. Bessy, acting as narrator, relates the story in a believable and many times witty voice, although the story is a dark and tragic one. This is a book not to miss out on.
This is a very enjoyable story, full of mysteries, set in 1890s Scotland. The main character is a naive but spunky girl who finds herself working as a servant for a strange and enchanting mistress. Slowly the mysteries surrounding both women's pasts and their current relationship unfold. Their loyalty and friendship creates a bond that overcomes social status, age, lies, and betrayals. Although the pace was at times laborious, it was worth finding out the secrets of these engaging unlikely friends.
I absolutely fell in love with this book it is very uniquely written and the star of this one is a very likeable character. This is also the first book I ever sent out and have been wanting it back ever since! Great book great story and very different not the same old same old going on here.
Excellent historical tale! Mysterious and haunting!
Loved this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that love gothic mysteries.
I thought this was an intriguing book -- loved the main character of Bessy, the wise-cracking Irish maid in a Victorian Scottish country home where things are not quite what they seem. Lots of twists and turns in this very assured first novel. Unexpectedly funny amidst the doom and gloom.
Excellent! I'm glad that I got it in a swap, otherwise I think I might never have read it.
The dialect might be a little hard to get through at first, but you'll get used to it.
It may take a little while to get into the dialect, but an enjoyable book with a great mystery.
This book was really unique in the main story line. Bessie thinks and speaks so funny sometimes. I got such a kick out of her. She was really brave and had such a wonderful disposition for the strange new work environment. It was a many layered story and kept you on your toes.