The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

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1890. Ely, Cambridgeshire ospita una scuola per giovani ragazze: Saint Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies, diretta da Constance Plackett e frequentata da sette ragazze.

Il lettore non avrà modo di conoscere a fondo la direttrice, colpevole infatti di morire – assieme allo sgradevole fratello – nel primo capitolo, avrà però modo di conoscere le sette protagoniste, presentate prima indirettamente tramite i loro parenti e relazioni, e poi inconfondibili per i tratti che caratterizzano ogn’una di loro nella storia.

L’idea geniale di Smooth Kitty è di non denunciare le due morti e gestire in autonomia la scuola, onde evitare di essere riconsegnate alle famiglie di origine, si crea così una sorellanza in cui ogni ragazza contribuisce alla finzione con le sue capacità: chi di attrice, chi di aspirante medico, chi di truccatrice, ragazze finalmente capaci di seguire le proprie inclinazioni indipendentemente dall’opinione di genitori e parenti.

Some women are born for more independence than society offers them. Perhaps all are, but some have not yet learned to recognize it.

Tenere nascosto l’evento non è però così semplice: bisogna mentire ai conoscenti stretti della direttrice e sostenere la finzione; quando poi sorge il dubbio che la donna sia stata avvelenata le ragazze si accorgeranno di essere ancora in pericolo.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place è un romanzo brillante, ricco di imprevisti e scritto con ironia; impossibile non affezionarsi ad almeno una delle protagoniste.
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1890. In Ely, Cambridgeshire there is Saint Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies, directed by Constance Plackett and attended by seven girls.

The reader won’t have the pleasure to meet the headmistress, since she dies – with her unpleasant brother – in the first chapter; he will have instead the pleasure to meet the seven girls, introduced at first indirectly by their relations and parents, and then impossible to mix up for their character traits.

Smooth Kitty has the brilliant idea to not inform the people of Ely about the twi deaths and to manage in autonomy the school, mainly to avoid being sent back to the original family and then to other schools, this way the sisterhood is born: each girl contributes to the pretense with her own skills: someone is able to act, to show medical skills, to do make up, girls finally able to follow their inclination independently from the judgment of family and parents.

Some women are born for more independence than society offers them. Perhaps all are, but some have not yet learned to recognize it.

But it’s not so simple to cover up the event: they will have to lie to the headmistress friends and to keep up pretending, when the doubt of the woman being poisoned arises the girl will have to face real danger.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is a brilliant novel, full of accidents and written with irony, impossible not to grow found of at least one of the main characters.

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry ★★★★☆½

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