The Young Clementina is one woman's chronicling of a few remarkable years in her rather unremarkable life. This book is exquisitely beautiful in a quiet and understated way. Its flavor is sweet and 'old-fashioned,' while at the same time real and hard (traits that are also found in its protagonist, Char), and I think it is this dichotomy of tone that makes The Young Clementina a fresh find for any library.
Pros: Stevenson's prose writing is so beautiful, her imagery is keen and stunning. I could see the stinginess of Char's city apartment, the lush countryside around Hinkleton. Her characterization of Char, Garth, and Clementina is also very good and wonderful to see develop over the course of the novel. It is quite a beautiful book.
Cons: Stevenson's epistolary plot structure is interesting, though at times it can be a little frustrating for modern readers who like to see the action as it happens, rather than being told. The novel treads a little unnecessarily slow at some points. I recommend this to readers 13+ as there are a few mature themes hit upon.
To me, this book was something of a clash between beloved Victorian classics and an Agatha Christie novel. I highly recommend this book to any who are looking for something different than the usual fare. This was my first D E Stevenson book and it will not be my last.