Quick review: Harnessing Peacocks by Mary Wesley
|Cover on my copy. |
|Film cover. I hate those!|
Harnessing Peacocks fully lived up to my expectations of a lively, entertaining, slightly naughty read with dark elements hiding just under the surface. It‘s an occasionally funny and altogether delightful book about several people who at first seem to have little in common.
Wesley then unfolds their stories at a leisurely pace and, like a skilful weaver (or perhaps a norn), she connects, little by little, the fates of protagonist Hebe, a young woman who ran away from home as a teenager and supports herself in turns as a private cook and as a a mistress to a select group of men she calls The Syndicate, her teenage son whom she is raising all alone, her neighbour, clients from both of Hebe's jobs, various friends and relatives and connections of theirs.
|Want to bet this edition |
came out around the time of Twilight?
|A peacock cover. |
Still too bland.
|The best of the bunch.|