By the time you read this, it is quite possible that the name of your hometown may have been changed from something charming such as, say, Sweet Maple Ridge to something more sleek and modern, like Aluminumville. This is called progress, and there is no stopping it, so it must be cheerfully borne (p 100).
Sure, Maryrose Wood clearly enjoys Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and that influence is apparent and noted in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place but the book also harkens to the social satire and humor of Jane Austen. It has the spirit of Enya’s “Wild Child.”
It is surprising that the book has a very open conclusion. Clearly there will be at least one more book. While it could stand on its own, the ending is not satisfying on its own. But I look forward to the sequel.