The author lurking behind the pen name T. Kingfisher is perhaps best known for routinely kicking me out of the #2 position on Livejournal. She is also a Hugo-winning author whose books are well worth sampling. Case in point: 2015’s Bryony and Roses.
When we first meet Bryony, she’s finally found something that distracts her from a recent avalanche of catastrophe:
- her mother died;
- her father indulged in ill-conceived schemes to marry off his three daughters, showing total indifference to their feelings in the matter;
- he fell into debt;
- he was murdered;
- the sisters fled from the city into impoverished rustic seclusion.
Bryony’s current predicament is the ultimate distraction: she is freezing to death in an unexpected spring blizzard.
She is saved when she finds a manor house where no manor house was before or should be now. Inside, she finds no visible host or servants, but she does find food, warmth, and shelter from the storm.
But of course there’s a catch.
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