Synopsis: Caroline Helstone cannot believe that the bright and funny Shirley wants to be her friend. Heartbroken and not knowing what to do with her life, Caroline’s friendship with the young woman is just what she needs. But unrest is brewing in the village. It is a very dangerous time to be a mill owner …

Release Date: 24th February 2022

Genres: Classics, Middle Grade, Classic Literature, Romance, Children’s Classics, Easy Classics, Family, Friendship

Pages: 109

Review: The napoleon war is raging out, factories are using machines not people and lots of people are angry. Roberts machines are destroyed, he knows the rioters are after him for replacing them. Young Caroline is in love with him and is fed up of her little life and now rich eligible Shirley Keeldar is in town to help the people.

I didn’t really enjoy this one all that much, it was still a good read and everything but the story didn’t captivate me much at all. It was really heavily focused on the rioters and their lack of work and causing destruction and pain due to their anger. It wasn’t fascinating to me really.

The romance wasn’t apparent really to me, it was obvious Caroline loved Robert but it seemed more like a child just being in love with someone, it didn’t feel genuine and it wasn’t felt on the other side. The wasn’t really anything obvious that showed romance really, they were couples and that was that.

As always these easy classics are a great retelling of the originals and give you a detailed story but in a shorter, condensed version and with illustrations throughout.

About Transcriber: Stephanie was born in England before emigrating to Australia – and later New Zealand – with her family, where she trained as a nurse. Whilst back in England on holiday, she met and married her husband, had a daughter and settled down.

Stephanie’s lifelong interest in writing became more serious when her first children’s book, Avalanche, was published in the 1980s. Since then, she has had around forty children’s books published, and has also published an historical novella for adults. Stephanie works closely with schools, she tutors for two writing schools and occasionally runs writing workshops for adults.

Stephanie joined Sweet Cherry Publishing in 2013 with her Mr Pattacake series, and she has since written The Dinosaur Detectives. Stephanie currently lives in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.

About Illustrator: Arianna is a freelance illustrator based in Florence, Italy, where she majored in Entertainment Design at Nemo Academy. Since then she has worked as 2D artist with Italian independent video game studios. The Sherlock Holmes series is her debut novel as an illustrator for Children’s books.


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