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Best of the type
on 27 October 2014
It is impressive how the author manages to keep up the style of the original stories. Once or twice she may have become a little too antique! Things jarred a bit in the Girl Gone story. No one in Kent (where I live) has ever talked like the farmers here, or anywhere else, I suspect, (and certainly not yeoman farmers). It is also noticeable that their strange dialect soon softens after their first few sentences. What is more, in this story the author forgets about the existence of railways, it seems, since we read of taking a mail coach to the north of England. I think such coaches became extinct at least half a century before this tale is set. Also, it would not have gone from Kent. (London is
in the way.) It must be hard to get everything right from a farm in New Zealand, of course.
Some of the stories are tame and lack any sense of excitement, but they are still the best of their type that I have read.