This book is Cassandra's journal but it doesn't read like a journal. Her family is from the upper class but they are poor and live in a rundown castle. They are an eccentric lot. Her dad is a writer who wrote one successful book but hasn't written anything since.
The status quo changes when their landlord passes away. The Cottons inherit Scoatney Hall and show up one day. Cassandra and her sister Rose are intrigued by the Cotton brothers. Rose becomes engaged to the older brother Simon. The Cottons seem to have inspired her dad to start writing again but the family is not sure. Things are not so simple though. Does Rose love Simon? Has her dad just gone mad? Along the way, Cassandra matures and hijinks ensue with an ambiguous ending that might upset some readers.
I certainly enjoyed this book. There are memorable characters and a good plot. There are some humorous parts in this book that may have you laughing. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes coming of age stories or period dramas.