My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very cute with a younger Jane Eyre-ish quality, but not nearly so dark and dreary. The young heroine, Miss Penelope Lumley, is a perky governess fresh from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She is determined to civilize three children who were found in the woods, apparently raised by wolves. She knows there is hard work ahead of her and she supposes French and Latin can wait a few weeks while human speech and eating with utensils takes precedence. This is a funny and endearing story, with several mysteries that still remain unsolved at the end: Where did the children come from? Why does Lord Ashton insist on keeping them? Who stirred up trouble at the Christmas party? Who or what is making those noises in the attic? And last, but not least, where does Miss Penelope Lumley come from?
I will have to read book two!