In the time when wolves roamed England ( during the reign of good King James III, a time that never really happened) there was a young girl named Bonnie who lives at Willoughby Chase. Her parents were going away for several months, so she would have her new governess to look after her. In the midst of London, Bonnie’s cousin Sylvia, who lives with the frail Aunt Jane, will come to live with Bonnie.
On the train ride to Willoughby Chase, a mysterious man shares the compartment with Sylvia, who, at the end of train ride is knocked unconscious by his suitcase, leaving Bonnie and Sylvia to take him to Willoughby chase, where they meet their new governess, a distant relative named Miss Slighcarp, who locks Bonnie in the cupboard, fires most of the servants and requires they only eat bread and gruel, before sending them to a work house run by Mrs Brisket, where punishments are things such as no food for three days! Not just that, but Miss Slighcarp is working on something much nastier than any of this…
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Entertaining and a good read, an amazing book set in a time when wolves and nasty governesses practically ruled England! Although it was a little irritating when Bonnie cries at something silly, I think overall, this is a very enjoyable book. I especially liked the bit when Mr Grimshaw ( the mysterious man on the train) breaks into Aunt Jane’s house!