The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett
From the famed author who brought us the beloved The Secret Garden, here is a little gem she wrote about a young woman with a most pleasing countenance but who was quite oblivious of her own worth.
The Making of a Marchioness was originally published first followed by The Methods of Lady Walderhurst. Presently, it is titled Emily Fox-Seton as a two-part novel but both stories couldn't be any more different.
This one is quite unconventionally sweet albeit gracefully pitying at times. I am quite torn about Emily Fox-Seton, in all honesty, because I am not certain if she's too admirably capable in light of period Britain or too much of a gullible doormat for our modern taste. So let us just succumb to the call of the times, that she was a dear and a well-mannered poor woman who acquired a fine taste and independent means to stand on her own two feet.
Miss Emily Fox-Seton has become quite indispensable to all, especially to the kindness (she calls it that) of a high born lady and gradually catches the eye of the Marques of Walderhurst. It is a Cinderella story for the most part but subtle and bordering on the unromantic. And yet, Burnett paints a picture very close to the dynamics of husbandry in the olden days and exploring the means an unmarried woman could be in a society that is unwelcome to them.
It is a light read and admirably entertaining, that is until you happen to read further on the second part (The Methods of Lady Walderhurst) where it twists down into a vintage gothic drama (think Northanger Abbey). But that's another story to tell.
Title: The Making of a Marchioness
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Published: 2001 (first published 1901)
Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation
Rating: ♨♨♨ ( 3 cups - Sweet novel with a conceding charm.)