Set In Stone

Written by Linda Newbery

Set near Chichester in Victorian England, the title refers to carvings of the North, South and East winds mounted on three of the outside walls of the house known as Fourwinds, owned by Mr Farrow. With him are his two daughters, Juliana and Marianne plus Charlotte Agnew, governess to the girls since his wife died, and Samuel Godwin, an artist employed to teach them to draw and paint. It soon becomes clear that all is not as it should be. Juliana is clearly disturbed while Marianne has very strange moods. It is apparent that there are a number of questions which need answering, including what happened to the carving of the West wind.

Written in the first person, the chapters alternate in their ‘voice’ between Charlotte and Samuel. Linda Newbery has written several books for children and young adults, which may be why I found it an interesting tale but foresaw what was happening long before it was explained. I also found the pseudo-Victorian style of writing somewhat irritating.