A young woman grows up in an English village knowing that she is the illegitimate daughter of the heir to the wealthy Forbes family. Sadly he is killed in World War II before he can marry her (comparatively) lower-class mother. When the mother dies giving birth to Jenny, the child is brought up by her parent’s old governess, who cares for her with much love and affection. But when the governess is felled by a hit-and-run accident, she manages before she dies to whisper to Jenny that her mother and father really were married — making Jenny the heiress to the Forbes estate and not the poor relation who is condescendingly offered a job looking after the family’s young children. But Jenny has to wonder: Is it true about her parents? How can she prove it? And who else knows the truth — and what would they be willing to do to make sure it stays a secret?
I found myself thoroughly enjoying this entry, perhaps because it’s the penultimate book in a series I’ve been working my way through since 2017. It’s true that there really isn’t much of a mystery here; it’s quite clear early on who the villain is, and the victim sadly is not one of the patented Wentworth “they had it coming” variety. But Jenny is an appealing main character, and the obligatory romance is not as eye-rollingly silly as they sometimes are in this series. And who could fail to be charmed by young ruffian Dicky Pratt, who turns out to hold the key that Miss Silver, in concert with her willing acolyte, Detective Inspector Frank Abbott, needs to unlock the solution?
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It’s been a while. I was happy to see your post again.
Thanks, Beth! I think I’ve streamlined the process so it seems less daunting than before, which was what kept me from posting more. But as long as I’m writing the reviews for LibraryThing, I might as well share them here! I’ve got quite a backlog to catch up on …