Lady of Resources by Shelley Adina
I had a high level of anticipation for this novel. It was very hard for me to put it off for my holiday reading binge. I love the first four novels in the Magnificent Devices (as witnessed in reviews earlier on my blog). This installment has all of our lovely characters from the first novels, but takes the focus into the history of the Mopsies! I adored those two little ragamuffins and their tenacious spirit. I was so excited to hear they would be garnering their own spotlight.
Lady Claire's story had concluded with her departure to college for her dream of becoming an engineer. Now we are five years down the line at her graduation and the Mopsies graduation before making their higher education decisions. It is the first time we get to really follow the lives of the girls of the twins. Every orphan has a history even if most forget it and them (besides the Lady of course!). We were able to find the real family of Willie and its happily ever after. Now we get the chance to see where the Mopsies come from, and how they spectacularly ended up in the flock. Leave it to the Mopsies to do something with flourish.
Not only do the girls struggle for the first time in their lives over their character differences, they are struggling with their history. Neither remembers a childhood outside of rag-picking and thieving rich ladies who drive down the wrong streets. They are facing their next step in their education: the (dreaded) Finishing School or continue on with their education in physics and maths. (Side tangent: I greatly appreciated Ms. Adina's treatment of the feminine side of education. Lady Dunsmuir is certainly not a fop of a character because she went to finishing school and behaves as a well-bred lady. I truly find it refreshing in an era that is trying to churn out fem-bots of feminism by the dozens. You can be a strong, independent woman from the home if that is your choice and shouldn't be looked down upon.) They have been influenced by strong women of both persuasions. Which will they follow?
Back to the point at hand, Lady Clair may have created a home for them and love them, but it is nothing like family. That deep search for belonging and understanding a piece of ourselves is timeless.
I did miss Rosie, but the book easily garners a 5 star review. I highly recommend you go pick up a copy today at your local store or order an e-edition here.
Here is to heading back to Galbrieth!