Summary (from Goodreads):
Childhood at Alconleigh is scanty preparation for the realities of the outside world and Linda, sweetest and most aimless of the young Radletts, falls prey to a stuffy banker and a rabid communist before she finds her ideal in a Frenchman…
This is the story of the Radlett family told through the eyes of the niece, Fanny. She spends her holidays with her Aunt Sadie, Uncle Matthew, and cousins, and the day-to-day life and dramas of the family are nothing short of adventures.
The story is mostly about the younger daughter Linda, who we meet as a headstrong young lady who loves to hunt, but later wants only to fall truly in love. While we are told the story of the remaining family members, it is Linda’s story that takes center stage because, quite honestly, it is the most interesting one. She is eccentric, completely mad, head-strong, charming, spoiled rotten, but with a heart of gold, and it is this that appealed to me, and made me like her even though I wanted to knock some sense into her most times! Linda’s carefree character echoes the lifestyle and the world that she grows up in … a world that no longer exists, which is what is saddest about this novel.
I love that it is British, that it does not hold back on poking fun at this elite world, and that the characters feel like some members of my own family. Very much enjoyed this one and would recommend it highly.