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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall

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★★★★ ½

People sometimes make unexpected choices when they’re lonely.

The Penderwick sisters are summering with their father on a “cottage” (aka part of the Arundel estate).

There’s Rosalind (12), Skye (11), Jane (10) and Batty (4), and (of course) their dad and their dog (Hound Penderwick).

They girls soon discover that this summer will be one that they will remember forever.

Arundel is nothing like the neglected little cottage they imagined. Each of the girls have their own room, the sprawling grounds as their backyard and the adventure of a lifetime.

Parents almost always want what’s best for their children. They just don’t always know what that is.

However, Mrs. Tifton (the owner) is something else. She’s mean, and stuffy, and rude, and just about everything in between.

Her son, Jeffery, seems alright, but with a mother like that , just how will the girls have any fun?

“Don’t kill her now, just when we’ve gone to all that trouble to rescue her,” said Jeffrey.

Ahhh. This was truly a cute book.

It reminds me a lot of Little Women (and I mean that in the best way. The characters are so sweet – and sassy – with each of their personalities rounding out their sisterhood.

I really liked how the plot meandered from one adventure to the next. It’s nice to get those slice of life books sprinkled here and there.

It felt refreshing and I adored it. Onward to the next book!

This is what made a book great, she thought, that you could read it over and over and never get tired of it.

Interested in this one from Jeanne Birdsall? Buy it here:  Amazon

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