I loved loved loved The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, so when a friend lent me her brand spankin’ new copy of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, I literally clapped my hands in joy! (And then everyone turned around to stare at me because I was so loud…)
To be honest, I was kind of disappointed by the second Penderwicks book (The Penderwicks on Gardam Street) — probably because the family was at home rather than on an inspiring vacation adventure. But in The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, they’re out of town on another summer trip — and I loved every minute of it!
This time, it’s just the younger girls, as Rosalind has gone off on her own vacation, and so has their father. So Skye, Jane, and Batty are staying with their Aunt Claire in a lovely seaside cottage, and beloved friend Jeffrey is also along for the ride. But the cast grows even more to include a love interest for one of the Penderwicks, a new friend for Batty, and a neighbor (and his dog) who disrupt everyone’s lives in several ways.
I won’t give you any more details than that because the delight of this book is discovering the story as it slowly unfolds. There’s no rip-roaring action, but that’s the whole point — it’s a sweet, quiet book that somehow packs a wallop on the reader anyway.
And if you’re like me, one of the ways this book will affect you is by making you absolutely seethe with jealousy because you want to be vacationing at a seaside cottage too. Darn you, Penderwicks! Next time, please invite meeeeeeee!
Karen did stay on Cape Cod once, but it was too cold for playing in the water. However, she was satisfied because she did get to eat fried clams and ice cream (not at the same time).
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