Book Title: The Wolf Mirror
Author: Caroline Healy
Expected Publication Date: February 2017
Changing places doesn’t always help you see things.
Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment, her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark, of a stormy night, Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.
With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr. Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.
Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.
Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because, the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.
Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead, Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.
Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled foul air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.
Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.
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There are few things more satisfying to me than a book I can successfully read in one setting and not feel cheated at the end. The Wolf Mirror was a fun, fast-paced read that kept me actively trying to figure out the answer to the mystery of who is trying to kill Lord Miller. I really loved that this book, while being about two strong-willed and stubborn women (sigh, I do love me a stubborn female lead) on a similar, yet totally different adventures, was able to weave together so well without feeling like I was reading two completely different books.
I found myself going through what I would have done had I been in Cassie’s situation, ripped from the present time to be forced to play the role of a polite, demure society lady in the 1700s. First of all, the corsets would be the absolute worse. I’m very pro oversized everything, I like to be comfortable, my favorite clothing items are sweatpants. You couldn’t pay me enough to force me to wear the amount of body constricting clothing Cassie was forced to wear. If I have to actually be helped into a clothing garment, it’s not worth it. I have to give Cassie some credit, for a modern day girl, she was able to figure out life as Lady Cassandra Miller quite quickly. I would have been sent to the insane asylum after one hour.
I had a little harder time relating to Cassandra’s plight of suddenly finding herself in the hundreds of years in the future. She took to the modern life a little too well in my opinion. There were moments when she was calm where I think she would have been a little bit more panicked. But, at the same time, it’s clear that Lady Cassandra has a bright head on her shoulders, so that could just be me.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art. In 2012 her award-winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water. She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woolies.