Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume
Cornelia S. loves words. The longer and more complicated the better. She uses her vast vocabulary to keep nosy people from bothering her about her famous parents. Cornelia’s protective mother has kept her away from the prying eyes of the media, but while Lucy is off traveling the world and giving concerts, Cornelia is alone and growing more and more lonesome in their fancy New York City apartment. Until a strange new neighbor moves in next door.
The dog looked suspiciously at Cornelia as she knelt down next to him. After appraising her for a few moments, he seemed to find her acceptable and gave her an arrogant little lick.
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters is a novel with a lot of throwback charm. As a kid who grew up with classic books, musicals, and old black-and-white movies, I was quickly won over. The story mainly focuses on the friendship between Cornelia and her new neighbor, the elderly Ms. Virginia Somerset. The two bond over stories from Virginia’s past and their shared love of words. The importance of storytelling, not just for those who hear the stories, but for those who are telling them, was a beautiful theme that will appeal to bookworms and story treasurers of all ages.
“All story endings should be either witty or meaningful—preferably both.”
While this book may be too slow paced for some readers, I think the ones who are of a mind to sit and listen to the tales of an old globetrotter for an afternoon will feel as richly rewarded as Cornelia herself. The descriptions of far-off lands, ridiculous misadventures, and the feeling of being told a story by a dear old friend make Cornelia a memorable read.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ FOUR STARS
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