The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy (3.5 Stars)

The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy (3.5 Stars)
“While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an

escape, not from, but into living.

Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave.”

*This quote was on the opening page of this book and I think that it is one of the most astounding things I have ever read. I want it engraved in my heart. I felt like it should be shared with the rest of the world (or realistically, my posse of followers…*

{Excerpt From: Healy, Caroline. “The Wolf Mirror.” Melange Books, LLC. iBooks. 

This material may be protected by copyright.}

“The Grass is always greener on the other side.” – Author unknown 

Synopsis:

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie Miller, a 21st century teenager and Lady Cassandra, a young heiress from 1714 mysteriously switch lives. Until they can solve the conundrum surrounding the Miller family, they are stuck in the wrong century. Cassie must navigate a society of etiquette, exclusion and intrigue while Cassandra has to learn to tough it out as an unchaperoned female in the year 2014.
When I first opened this book, honestly, I was looking for an escape from my life, so in some twisted way it was completely fitting. 
Cassie, an average English teen, living in the year 2014 , has all of the normal (or sometimes not so normal) daily conflicts and trials that we all experience in adolescence. After getting into a fight, at a prestigious prep school, that her mother, Justice Miller of the Queen Bench, had already paid a hefty price for her placement there after a prior incident at her last prep school, Cassie’s life (as she knows it) is about to change drastically. 
Her father left her mother for a young French woman and for Cassie, it seemed like her life was falling apart. After the most recent incident at her school, her mother (instead of grounding her like usual) told her they were going to their family estate that is 200 miles from London. Literally it’s in the middle of nowhere… no cell service, no convenience stores to buy fags, no peoole… pretty much a place that is COMPLETELY isolated from the world: Ludlow Park.

When Cassie wanders into the east wing (after the terrifying Mr. Rivers warns her to stay away) she is caught off guard when she glances at herself- or someone who remarkedly resembles herself, dressed in a gown that looks like a bed sheet and who is staring back at her. After a bolt of lightning and a hard knock to her head, Cassie wakes to in the same estate, but in a different era. 
Lady Cassandra Miller of Ludlow Park is the polar opposite of Cassie. She is all things proper. She is learning to run an estate after her mother was committed and her father has fallen ill; she depends on her governess Mrs. Blythe in all matters pertaining to high society. In the last 3 years, she had relied on her to teach her which things are appropriate and right for a young lady of her stature to know; and in the evert that her father’s illness is fatal, Cassandra has two choices: marry someone so the house they’ve held forever stays with her or “it goes to Mr. Huxley, a brainless cousin from London.”

That night when both Cassie from 2014 and Lady Cassandra Miller from 1714 gazed at each others reflections in the Wolf Mirror, the somehow switched lives. They are both in new worlds, walking through uncharted territory and all the while trying to figure out the mysteries surrounding the Miller family. They both have to hold it together. Cassie needs to figure out who is poisoning Lord Miller and Lady Cassandra needs to figure out how she is centuries ahead of her time (ha! No pun intended) and where her house servants, maids, and her always solid, Mrs. Blythe, has disappeared to.
I do recommend this book. The Wolf Mirror was really well written and I truthfully enjoyed it. I will definitely tell my bookish friends to check it out . 

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