The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3
Published by HarperCollins on March 27th 2012
Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves."
The Incorrigible children actually were.
Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences—yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.
But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral's prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles' skills to find her.
The hunt for the runaway ostrich is on. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?
I felt like I hit the jackpot when I saw the audio version of this book at the library one day. I was ready for a new audio and had completely forgotten that the third book in this fantastic series was out! I just love the narrator Katherine Kellgren and was excited to see what sort of adventures the Incorrigibles would have in this novel.
I was hoping for more answers as to what was going on with our dear main character Penelope, but sadly, I will have to wait longer! I want to know what this novel is building up to. Instead I found another hilarious yet serious adventure featuring an ostrich, the mother of Fredrick Ashton, and a wolf mother. Of course this adventure leads us to more questions and few answers as I begin to question Lord Fredrick's monthly problem, a cave that seems to accommodate humans not wolves, and the mysterious death of Lord Fredrick's father.
One might think that I would be furious at all the questions, but I'm only further intrigued. I love the mystery behind everything going on in this series and I cannot wait to get to the bottom of it. Also, the love story is starting to peak a little as Penelope spends more time with the young gentleman she met in London. I love a story that pulls you in all sorts of curious directions and I cannot wait to see how it all wraps up!
Final Verdict: If you have not picked up this series, you must! It is well-written and will definitely get you thinking about what may actually be going on in the curious lives of the Incorrigibles and Penelope herself.
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