Book: The Uninvited Guests: A Novel by Sadie Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins, May 2012
How I got my hands on it: Received an ARC from HarperCollins
Rating: 4 stars
The setting: The Uninvited Guests takes place in one evening at the Sterne house. The Torrington Family is throwing a birthday party for Emerald. While it may seem like a simple evening- the family is worried about losing the house and the quiet party gets interrupted by a train crash nearby. The railway tells them that it is their duty as the closest estate to take in the travelers until the railroad can be fixed and they can continue on their way. Although as the night progresses, something seems off about the travelers and the Torrington Family experience a lot more than they expected.
It's hard to talk about this book without giving too much of the twist away. It was a very enjoyable and a very quick read. I found myself narrating it in a voice similar to the narrator from "Pushing Daisies" or "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" and I think that made it infinitely more entertaining and I highly recommend doing that.
The book is a comedy of manners set at the turn of the century. There was a lot of commentary on what the proper thing to do was. Such as: "The traveler's are third class citizens, is it really necessary to feed them?" Or "Fine we'll feed them, but does it have to be the food from our feast?"
I think my favorite character was the youngest daughter, known as Smudge, who wanted nothing to do with the party. Instead she was plotting what she called "The Great Undertaking". Smudge's pass time was tracing all the animals of the house onto her wall. She had already traced all of the dogs and cats- and so while the family was trying to organize dinner, she decided to sneak a pony inside to trace it on the wall. She was... somewhat successful.
Overall it was a really enjoyable book that I definitely recommend you check out. Thankfully HarperCollins sent me 2 copies of the book. So I don't have to be selfish and keep this darling little book to myself. So it's GIVEAWAY TIME. I will be giving away both copies. So follow the directions on the Rafflecoptor and 2 lucky winners will be chosen (at random). Good luck!
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