After reading I, Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam: A Perfect World in the Moon, I had to read its sequel, Twelfth-Night Cake & the Rosings Ghost: A Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam Tale. The first story was very whimsical and I loved the writing style that was very peculiar and distinctive, plus the main character was Portuguese which is obviously a big allure to me.
On this Christmas sequel Sofia-Elisabete is a little older, and is visiting her father’s family at Rosings Park for the holidays. She will entertain readers by being caught up in a mystery involving a ghost at Lady Catherine’s estate and will challenge the great Lady with her impertinence and imaginative mind.
The writing style is pretty much the same as the first book. It keeps the whimsical essence I was expecting and the story is also narrated by Sofia-Elisabete. She is now 8 years old and continues to find it difficult to behave properly, especially in the eyes of Lady Catherine who does not accept her nationality, skin color and religion. Being Portuguese I found Lady Catherine’s comments absurd and offensive, but she is just being herself and her behavior was not only in character but also crucial for the story. I can’t say she was my favorite character, but she did bring some depth to the story by raising issues like religion and illegitimacy.
I enjoyed knowing about what happened to Sofia-Elisabete after the first book and I particularly loved knowing that our dear Colonel had found happiness once more. He was my favourite character in this short story. He is as lovable as always and a wonderful father! It is impossible to resist him, and I’m only sorry his wife was not present during the events at Rosings.
The story of the Rosings Ghost was a little vague at times, difficult to follow and unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same coziness I felt with the first story. Even if the writing style is still the same, it was not as fascinating or as alluring in this environment, so I didn’t feel as enraptured with this story as I did with the first one. Also, Sofia-Elisabete’s portuguese expressions failed to convince me once more, even if it was amazing to read a few portuguese words in this book 🙂
It is an agreeable story that can easily be read in one afternoon, and even if this is a stand alone, I think readers will enjoyed it more if they read I, Sofia-Elisabete, Love Child of Colonel Fitzwilliam first. This was not one of my favourite Christmas stories, but it is certainly unique and charming, so I still recommend it to Pride & Prejudice lovers who do not mind not having Darcy and Elizabeth in the center of the story.
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