Review: The Mysterious Howling

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Ah! This book! What a breath of fresh air! I got this little gem on Audible, and listened to it all in one day, and finished the series before the end of the week. This book is my personality in text, and I cannot express my enjoyment for it enough. I truly wish I could’ve found it sooner (but not too much, because I still have to wait seven months for the next installment 0.0).

This clever little series follows a young governess and her students on wild adventures, and both teacher and students grow. We see the Incorrigibles start taking to their new lifestyle, along side their witty young Penelope. Through the catchphrases and mishaps, we learn important life lessons, right along side the characters. These books have a wonderful Lemony Snicket style flair to them, and bring such a warm fuzzy feeling to this tea loving heart. I truly cannot recommend them enough.

I give the Incorrigibles 5 out of 5 stars.


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