An Uncommon Bequest
Set in Regency England, the story follows the ups and downs of Sophie Garnet, a poor relation, due to her father’s debts, to members of the minor aristocracy. She survives as a paid travelling companion to Lady Mary Croscombe. On the death of her uncle, she is summoned to attend the reading of his will at the family home of Lowell Hall, near Cheltenham, where she discovers that she has been left the entire contents of her uncle’s library. Whilst there she is reacquainted with Jonathan Garnett, a distant cousin, and now heir to the estate.
The usual misinformation, misunderstandings, etc, follow in quick succession, as one expects in a Regency novel, and the reader can never be in doubt as to the final outcome. I found the language used somewhat too stylised and repetitive which slowed up the story and the characterisation is totally predictable. The social historical background followed the well-trodden path of the 19th-century debutante and, again, there are no surprises.
I find these books reasonably acceptable for very light holiday reading or to pass away the hours on a long haul flight, and this one is no exception.