The Little White Horse was a comfortable book.
It is not an action stunner, it is sweet, descriptive, and quite satisfying. I had known when I started the book that it was not going to be fast and action packed, but I did not find it slow or boring. It opens slowly and delicately, feeding light hints at the plot all the while. Although it has a very storybook ending, I found it very entertaining.
Maria's parents have died and she must go with her 'nurse', Miss Heliotrope, and dog, Wiggins, to live with her closest living relative, an uncle named Sir Benjamin. She soon realizes that there is some deep secret about Moonacre Manor and the land around it. It has a history packed with greed, love, and pride. Is everyone who they say they are? Will Maria be able to save her land? Will she be different that her Merryweather ancestors?
I know just what you mean by "comfortable." :) This one's on my to-read list.
I liked it alright ... I think the Rowling blurb is the seller most of the time, with patrons.
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