|Skateboarding was just one of her many skills.|
Here's the job:
- Looking after two little boys.
- Going on nature walks in the country.
- Riding bikes with said boys.
- Grandpa gets to regale them with stories of India
- Space aliens.
Couple Killed in Automobile Crash! News at Eleven!Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Crighton have managed to get themselves killed in Brunei. Luckily, they have managed to keep their will up to date, and Sir Colin is named guardian, per their request. Mrs. Crighton's mum, Mrs. Kennedy is not happy with the arrangement. She would like to take the poor little orphans back to Richmond with her, so that she may have the opportunity to weep copious tears over them continuously. Yup, she's a Drip.
|Being a drip is seldom attractive.|
Sir Colin and Lady Crighton (Lady Crighton = Eustacia!) are coming out of Harrods one day when they run into Gloria. Frankly, one of the best bits of the book:
Brilliant, Betty, brilliant.
Gloria haunts their relationship for a bit...she drops by with Clive The Plastic Surgeon, who is fully appreciative of Eustacia's manifest perfections...much to the chagrin of Gloria. Frankly, Gloria is no real threat, but Eustacia is angsty enough about her unrequited love to assume things that are just not so.
- Colin forgets to tell her that he has to go back to London...so she plans to be out when he gets back.
- The hospital throws a party for them...Eustacia gets to see some of her old associates.
- Eustacia tells Teddy she loves him and Oliver AND Uncle Colin. Uncle overhears.
- Mrs. Crighton mixes mild authority with a grandparents legitimate spoiling...nice.
- Teddy and Oliver have to spend a week with the Kennedy grandparents. You can tell a lot about a person from their home. The Kennedy's live in a red brick Victorian decorated in beiges and browns.
- Teddy runs away!
- Eustacia drives from London to Richmond to find him (The Drip plans to inform the police in the morning that an eight year-old is missing!)
- Eustacia finds Teddy, Colin finds them both.
Trip to Holland. Haso and Prudence ter Brons Huizinga (Paradise for Two) put them up. And put up with them. Colin makes no effort to be alone with Eustacia...and she calls him on it.
Prudence drops Eustacia off in Groningen so that she can meet Colin for lunch in Groningen. Eustacia gets lost. Yes, first she gets lost in thought. She and Colin are going to be alone for the first time in a while, and girlfriend plans on making the most of it. Unfortunately being lost in thought leads to being actually lost, which leads to her sitting around in the wrong hospital, which leads to Colin being in a white hot rage when he finally finds her. All this angsty-ness does not go unnoticed by their hosts. Haso has a theory - their relationship needs to come to a head, rather like a boil (ew), before it bursts (double ew). Prudence tell him not to be revolting.
|One of the perils of being married to a doctor...|
Lovely kissing and lovely implied conjugal relations. The end.
Rating: Lashings of Whipped Cream! Right up until Eustacia has her Dawning Realization the night before the wedding. After that the book suffers a bit of unevenness...lovely bits and not so lovely bits which tend to drag it down a bit.
- Eustacia may be a bottle washer, but she has also had a whirl in retail, taken a course in shorthand and typing AND looked into applying at the post office. I adore that she's looked into her options.
- Grandpa...he's a load of fun and useful! He's going to be the best kind of person to have around - someone who's great at entertaining Teddy and Oliver AND a homework helper.
- Teddy and Oliver are just as cute as can be.
- Colin is fine...but it would have been nice to have a little more insight into his character.
- Mrs. Kennedy is such a gosh awful grandmother - I love that Eustacia practically wants to smack her for being such a drip.
|Asparagus Flan? I'll pass.|
Fashion: Pre-marital shopping trip (on his dime) at Harrods, including a white wedding dress and hat and elegant shoes, a beautiful tailored suit in a rich brown tweed, black skirt and a glamorous cream satin top, exquisitely embroidered.