I really enjoyed this novel - the various strands of the Penhallow and Dark families interweaving, snarling, and unraveling over one long year. The Penhallows and Darks are clannish, inter-married families. With the demise of Aunt Becky and the contingent and unresolved bequeathment of the valuable family judge, the collective clan's various members experience many life-changing events which might not otherwise have come to pass.
Often hilarious, sometimes touching and always enchanting, this work is a masterpiece of craftmanship. LMM neatly resolves almost all the threads by the end of the novel (though I hate the resolution of the jug issue, but whatever.)
It's a very good book, entertaining and interesting. However, one caveat - LMM lived in a very different time than ours, and there is one line towards the end of the book which I found rather shocking, but is more indicative of the zeitgeist of the time during which she wrote than, I would surmise, any intentional racism. So, you may want to be cautious with younger readers of this book. Read it together and explain that terms often change over time and that, while contemporary society has turned a word into the utmost anathema, at another time, this may have not been the case....Continua