Author: Maryrose Wood
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #1
When Miss Penelope Lumley, recent graduate of Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, answers an ad for a governess, she has no idea what’s in store for her. After all, the vague advertisement gave little details about the job, referring to the charges only as “Three Lively Children.” When Penelope arrives, she discovers these are no ordinary children, they are wild, prone to chase squirrels, and have spent their earliest years being raised by wolves. Now Penelope must use all the skills she learned at school, including those lesson taught to her by the Swanburne veterinarian, to train these children to be proper members of society.
“Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said, ‘They must have been raised by wolves’…and, by Jove, these rascals actually were!”
Maryrose Wood’s The Mysterious Howling is a charming children’s books about three primitive children and the governess that sees their potential in a world that only looks at them as a bizarre misfortune. Young and inexperienced, Penelope is a girl of fifteen without parents of her own, lucky enough to have been taken in and educated at the strict Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She has internalized a myriad of mantras written by her school’s founder and is convinced these words of wisdom are all she needs to succeed. However, it is not her education that draws the children to her, but her kind heart, not to mention her experience with animals.
Lord Frederick, who discovers the children on a hunting expedition and is now the guardian of these unusual wards, is more interested in showing them off than caring for them. His wife, Lady Constance, would like nothing more than to be rid of the feral creatures. Their behavior, along with other high society members, is much more savage than anything the children exhibit. The only advocate the children truly have is Penelope and it is her they look to for instruction. Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia (so unfortunately named) grow from howling pups to poetry composing pupils (though the poetry tends to praise the moon and end with a howl) under Penelope’s tutelage.
The Mysterious Howling is witty series opener with charismatic characters that will have you yelping in delight.