Format: ARC paperback
Genre: Historical fiction
What did you like about the book? Lily Gabriel lives on the grounds of Lockwood Hall with her father and brother named Squashy. Her father is the head gardener for Mr. Sylvester, the owner of the estate. The story begins in 1921 and runs through the 1930s to end in the 1980s. Lily is infatuated with the owner’s ne’er-do-well son, Antony and is willing to do all kinds of exciting and dangerous things to prove it–from flying in a plane to jumping with a parachute. Lily is a strong young woman with a good head on her shoulders and you want things to turn out well for her. She and Antony, though at different social levels, are friends with other boys in the village, Simon, John and Cedric. There’s talk of cars and biplanes and parties and the dark secrets of Mr. Sylvester. But when Mr. Sylvester disappears, Antony’s world, and everyone around him, is turned upside down.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Lily’s love and devotion to Antony gets a bit annoying after reading for the dozenth time when she tells him that she loves him.
To whom would you recommend this book? Historical fiction buffs may like this story, especially fans of Elizabeth Wein’s novels.
Who should buy this book? Middle and High schools and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Historical fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If a fan of K.M. Peyton, yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA
Date of review: January 24, 2017