`Emily Goes to Exeter' is the first of a series of six books that chronicle the adventures of Hannah Pym, a 45 year old housekeeper who has recently been left a bequest of £5,000 by her late employer. Hannah has no remaining family and, having been abandoned by a suitor years before, she feels the urge to travel now that she is a woman of means. Her first trip is by coach to... Exeter and we share Hannah's first real journey outside of the house where she has worked since the age of 12.
The tale is light-hearted and at times events along the journey feel slightly rushed as we are led through snowstorms to an Inn where the main part of the story takes place.
I enjoyed the book, reading it during an afternoon and early evening in the garden although I did feel that a further 20 or so pages of text might have added a little to the experience. Having said that, Hannah's adventures continue in a further five books (the next being Belinda Goes to Bath) so there is plenty more to come.
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