Book Review: Florence and Giles

Florence and GilesFlorence and Giles by John Harding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is set in 1891, and is about two children sent to live in their uncle’s house when they are orphaned. The uncle does not live in the house however, so they are looked after by the household staff. The boy, Giles, is sent away to school but returns after a term or so due to his delicate nature and the fact he is being bullied, but this means that a governess has to be employed to school him. The older girl, Florence, receives no education but sneakily teaches herself to read in the house’s library and educates herself.
The first governess meets a tragic end in the lake, so another arrives. Florence believes she may be the ghost of the previous governess and spooky things start to happen to her. She is also convinced that Miss Taylor is going to run off with her brother, but cannot allow this to happen and decides to stop her.
The tension builds throughout the book, leading up to the final dramatic conclusion. Although there is a part that is not resolved, at least for Florence but the reader probably realises what it is.
The only part that really grated on me was Florence’s way of speaking. It was really annoying the way she converted words into verbs that shouldn’t be verbs throughout. I’m not sure why the author chose to do this. Apart from that, quite a spooky old fashioned ghost story.

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