I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Also by this author: Secondhand Charm, All the Truth That's in Me, The Passion of Dolssa
Narrator: Jayne Entwistle
Length: 9 Hours 24 Minutes
Published by Macmillan on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Europe, Friendship, Girls & Women, Historical, Humorous Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
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There's a murderer on the loose--but that doesn't stop the girls of St. Etheldreda's from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce.The students of St. Etheldreda's School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home--unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.Julie Berry's The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is a smart, hilarious Victorian romp, full of outrageous plot twists, mistaken identities, and mysterious happenings.
Why Did I Listen To This Book?
JAYNE ENTWHISTLE IS THE DEAL. But beyond that, for The Scandalous Sisterhood Of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry – this sentiment certainly holds true. However, that is not the only reason I listened to this book. Y’all, I love a good book with a feminism sub-theme (there’s positive female friendships and empowerment). Furthermore I love historical fiction. I love books about motley crews. I love a good whodunit. So, these elements coalesced into a driving need to read Julie Berry’s audiobook. ALSO? Julie Berry has not done me wrong as a reader. I have loved the books by her that I have read thus far.
What’s The Story Here?
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry is about seven girls who attend the St. Etheldrea’s School For Young Ladies in England 1890 – so during the Victorian era. These seven girls have no sisters and thus have formed strong bonds with each other resembling sisterhood. This sisterhood is threatened when the headmistress Mrs. Plackett and her brother Mr. Godding have been poisoned meaning that the girls could be sent home due to the school closing. Instead, the girls who are a headstrong bunch come together and form a plan. One of the girls will don makeup and pretend to be Mrs. Plackett while they try and ferret out who the poisoner is. Y’all, this book is a little tiny bit like Weekend At Bernie’s for the youthful set, but also kind of not. It’s quite the delightful read and I pretty much guarantee you will love it if you’re all about strong female friendships and historical mystery.
Which Character Is My Favorite?
So, as I mentioned before there are seven main characters – Dear Roberta Pratley, Disgraceful Mary Jane Marshall, Dull Martha Boyle, Stout Alice Brooks, Smooth Kitty Heaton, Pocked Louise Dudley and Dour Elinor Siever. Yes, the characters all have fun nicknames. I LOVED THEM EQUALLY. But seriously, if I had to pick a favorite it would come down to Stout Alice and Smooth Kitty. Stout Alice because she bravely takes on the role of Mrs. Plackett and really gets into it. Results are hilarious. Smooth Kitty because she’s kind of the leader of the group. I identify with leaders and such.
How’s The Writing?
The writing in The Scandalous Sisterhood Of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry is kind of the icing on the cake. I mean, you’ve got this fantastic characterization, an excellent setting, and a fun plot — the writing style just clinches the book as superb for me. Berry’s pacing is on fleek. This book is such a fast listen. I mean, you know how sometimes you can zone out because it’s boring and nothing exciting is happening? That certainly did not happen with this book. THANK GOODNESS. I was pretty riveted by the mystery and by the introduction of new characters and the plotting. Really, Julie Berry’s book is quite a departure from All The Truth That’s In Me, but this just shows her writing chops. She can do very serious and she can also do fun. I am solidly a fan.
How’s The Narration?
OBVIOUSLY Jayne Entwhistle can narrate a book with gusto. She does a great job providing different voices to each of the seven girls so that they all sounded distinct and like different characters. I thought that her narration was perfect for the style of the book. The audio is relatively short at 9 hours and 24 minutes (I say this because my current audio is like 18 hours long). It goes by rather quickly too, I found myself listening while at work and around the house doing things. If you’re in the mood to read The Scandalous Sisterhood Of Prickwillow Place you cannot go wrong with the audiobook!
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That friendship theme tho. This book totally kills it on that front.