Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you are longing for a book that is more in the old style - every day exploits of a large family - then this book might be for you. It is a gentle, feel-good tale with genuinely nice people. And well, one stuck up jerk, but he plays a minor part.
The book is the fourth in a series about the Penderwicks and it really helps to have read the previous books, because there are SO MANY characters in this book. In fact, in a way, the plethora of characters helps to reinforce Batty's feeling of being overwhelmed by people and needing an escape.
It took a while for me to get into this story; it seemed to ramble around a lot. But eventually, I did really enjoy it. It is a comforting book, when so many books these days seem to be confrontational - addressing serious problems and injustices. Those are important, but sometimes, I just need a nice book.
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