Quick Thoughts: “The Unseen Guest”

“The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3)” by Maryrose Wood

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction

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Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were.

Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences-yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.

But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick’s long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral’s prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles’ skills to find her.

The hunt for the runaway ostrich is on. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?


  • Ahhh the Incorrigibles are back in another fun installment. I won’t rehash all of my feelings about them but basically I still love them. They’re smart and funny.
  • Penelope is still lovely as always. She’s really blossomed over the last year. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. It’s fantastic how much she cares for the kids. She really is willing to do anything to get the best for them.
  • There are mysteries galore in this story. More pieces are falling into place regarding the Ashton family and the mystery of the children. Unfortunately more mysteries pop up in this story.
  • Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good mystery. I’m just a bit annoyed that we have so many loose ends going on in this series.

The bottom line? A fun installment!

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