Saturday, November 10, 2007
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters (by Lesley MM Blume) is now one of my new favorite books. It’s about a lonely girl named Cornelia S. Englehart, the daughter of a VERY famous pianist. Cornelia wants to be herself, instead of seen as “Lucy Englehart’s daughter”.
Then, an elderly writer named Virginia Somerset moves in next door. She is like no other neighbor. Her apartment consists of a French drawing room, Moroccan sun room, Indian bed room, and an English library. Cornelia and Virginia begin to form a unique friendship as Virginia weaves tales about how she and her three sisters: Gladys, Alexandra, and Beatrice, traveled the world together. Virginia’s stories are unforgettable, as the book is itself. Some were sidesplitting hilarious, or had an important moral. I found myself enjoying the Parisian adventure best. I felt like I was there with the four audacious Somerset sisters as they explored England, France, Morocco, and India. I give this book 5 golden stars. Lesley MM Blume's debut children's novel is a must-read!