Book Review: The Hidden Gallery

Book Review: The Hidden GalleryThe Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on March 1st 2011
Pages: 240

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves."

The Incorrigible children actually were.

Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

Despite Penelope's civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance's Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students. But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards' bearskin hats, which drive the children wild—not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children's—and Penelope's—mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways. . . .

Review: The Mysterious Howling

I just fell in love with the first book in the series, and was lucky enough to find the second one in audiobook format at the library. I just love the narrator Kathryn Kellgren and the story in the first was phenomenal.

Listening to audiobooks is just wonderfully. I feel like I get reading done while I'm driving or doing dishes or folding laundry. I can't praise Kathryn Kellgren enough for her fantastic reading. In this book, the characters simply come alive with her voices. The characters are unique and intriguing and are brought to life in this amazing audiobook.

The plot travels on from the first book and delves deeper into the mystery of these children who were raised as wolves. And their connection to Penelope may not be coincidental either. There's always an air of adventure to the plot and I'm dying to find out what happens in the next book as this one leaves the reader off with many questions.

Also, there's a bit of romance in this one that really caught my attention. A strapping young man who bumps into the path of Penelope seems to win her over as much as one can and I love seeing them interact. The children are of course forever interesting and really every character just piques my attention throughout the whole book.

Final Verdict:

Another fascinating read with more mysteries yet to be solved. I absolutely love this series and suggest it to those who enjoy something different.

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