With thanks to the publisher for sending me this surprise book in the post – when Sarah is summoned by her Godfather to his school for ragged children following the death of her father, she is surprised by his request that she come to the school and assist with the paperwork, for he is in ill health and needs assistance. On her very first day she is thrown into the deep end with the discovery of a new pupil for the school, a little girl found by the side of her dead mother and so traumatised she has lost the power of speech, without a name Sarah calls her Monday after the day of the week she is found.
Her experiences at the school are a learning curve for Sarah as she tries to understand the teaching methods and how the staff manage to make ends meet with limited supplies and budget. Growing close to the staff (the school master in particular), Sarah grows in confidence and is soon facing big challenges and thinking up big plans to keep the school running.
A very interesting read however the ending in this case left me a little disappointed as there were a few plot lines that weren’t tied up – however this book is the beginning of a series so I’m sure that this strings will be followed into the next book and this works well as a way to get the reader to read on
Sarah herself was a very interesting character who is showing signs of being a women striving for independence in a world where men saw women as second class – where they should be at home in a domestic environment and not running business – it’s clear that there are other strong women also emerging and who will probably feature more in a later book – perhaps with more direct gaze on the suffragette movement?