When newly orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy, the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer. Strange secrets abound in the ramshackle house. But conventions are subverted in this atmospheric novel: one of its worlds is suffused with classical scholarship and literary romance, but the other is chaotic, quarrelsome and even farcical. Cassandra is to discover that in real life, tragedy, comedy and acute embarrassment are never far apart.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BeyondEdenRock - LibraryThing
Cassandra Dashwood, at the age of eighteen is quiet, bookish and, dare I say, a little dull. And, after her father’s recent death, she is alone in the world. Fortunately Mrs. Turner, her former ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nordie - LibraryThing
First of the Elizabeth Taylor's (no, not *that* one!) I've read. Cassandra, newly orphaned, gets the job of a governess to a motherless young girl. She joins a family that includes the widower, his ... Read full review