Publisher: Random House Audio and Listening Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Background: Bonnie Green is a well off little girl who she lives with her mom and dad in Willoughby Chase. Sylvia Green is her cousin who is an orphan and she is moving in with the Greens. All of this seems very normal, but when Mr. and Mrs. Green must depart on an overseas voyage, the girls are left with a governess named Miss Slighcarp who is not as she seems. Soon the girls are left at an orphanage and Miss Slighcarp is taking over the Chase all for herself.
Review: If/When I have children I will be reading them this book. It is a whimsical tale of adventure and charity from others. The girls are very different, Bonnie – brave, determined, and resilient, and Sylvia -- shy, reserved and polite; but they work together to make it through rough patches in their lives. The girls experience poverty, cruelty, and friendship through it all and it was adorable. I really enjoyed the plot within this book, learning about the girls and slowly moving through the cruel Miss Slighcarp’s plans—she is so evil, a spot-on villain. I think you and your children (if you have any) will absolutely love this read.
The audiobook was beautifully read by Lizza Aiken, the daughter of the author, Joan Aiken. It had a heartfelt, sentimental introduction that made me love the story even more. Lizza was a magnificent reader of this tale, her experience with the story is noticeable and her voice is soothing.
Recommended for middle grade readers and adults alike. I believe it would be great for family reading.
Audiobook receive from Random House Audio in exchange for an honest review.