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Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor,
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Clementine Rose is delivered in a very odd way, not at a hospital, but "in the back of a mini-van in a basket of dinner rolls." When discovered by Lady Clarissa, who lives in a crumbling mansion called Penberthy House with elderly butler Digby Pertwhistle, she finds a note asking her to care for the baby. That is how Clementine Rose grows up, loved and adored and very happy with her mother, Uncle Digby and pet teacup pig Lavender. Lady Clarissa has no money, so she decides to take in paying guests and open the house as a hotel. She also has a great deal of luck and wins all sorts of things, from new cars to holidays. She gives most of her prizes away and the lady at the Post Office makes sure she ear-marks each new competition in the new magazines, so the village can benefit from her legendary success.
Although it is difficult at times, the family are poor but very happy. That is, until they have an unexpected visitor... Aunt Violet is snobby, unkind and not at all fond of children. Before long, her visit has thrown Penberthy House into chaos and it is up to Clementine Rose to discover why she is really here and what she wants. There are lots of good characters outside of Clementine Rose and her family, such as people in the village, who help to flesh out the storyline. Also, Penberthy House is an interesting setting and my daughter enjoyed the way Clementine Rose spoke to the family portraits and adored the little mistakes she made, especially with the guests.
This is a really enjoyable story, which will probably appeal mostly to girls of 6+. There are a few black and white illustrations, but it is more suitable for fluent readers - although, of course, it is also nice to read aloud. My daughter is keen to read on with the series and discover what Clementine Rose gets up to next. The next book in the series is Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster.