The Long-Lost Home (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6) by Maryrose Wood

The Long-Lost Home (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, here comes the final book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood.Unhappy Penelope Lumley is trapped in unhappy Plinkst! Even the beets for which Plinkst is inexplicably famous fail to grow in this utterly miserable Russian village. Penelope anxiously counts th...

Details The Long-Lost Home (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)

TitleThe Long-Lost Home (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical

Reviews The Long-Lost Home (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)

  • Melki
    "It is a strange feeling, to meet people who make such a vivid impression, and then not know how things turn out for them."This final volume gets off to a sad start as we find our dear Miss Lumley incarcerated dwelling at the Babushkinov's Failing Beet Plantation in Plinkst. Her three horrid charges are more interested in kicking one another than learning anything about geography from the wretched potato globe Miss Lumley has been forced to impro...
  • Jayme
    I was devastated to learn that Katherine Kellgren had passed away. Her narration of the first five books was true art. The new narrator did a good job, but it was impossible not to compare and wish for Kellgren's voice back. The acknowledgments and dedication at the end of the book made me sob. As for the book itself, I felt it wrapped the series up nicely. Lots of deus ex machina (convenient coincidences and happenstance), which is typical of mi...
  • twice_baked✌️
    I had a really hard time deciding what rating to give this book. It was hard, because it's the last book - but I'm not sure if it's the best...because I really liked the fifth, it was full of intrigue even if the ending was sad.But this one has a really good ending, so what can I say. That's why I'm giving the book 3.5 stars (rounding up to four).I think the thing I most enjoyed about this book was Simon and Penelope - but I also enjoyed Mrs. Pen...
  • Jennifer
    George R R Martin classifies authors as either architects (everything planned out in advance) or gardeners (plop in a seed, see what happens). And while I often like the organic garden approach, series based on Conspiratorial Mysterious Events are so, so much better in the hands of architects. (Ahem, Series of Unfortunate Events, X-Files, and Lost.) Maryrose Wood is very much an architect, and in this final book of her series, all the pieces buil...
  • Almira
    In the previous book (#5), our heroine, Penelope Lumley is "kidnapped" by the terrible Russian family, the Babushkinovs, to become the governess to the most awful mannered, unkind children, 12 year Veronika (spoiled rotten!) and 8 year old twins, Boris and Constantin (brutes of the 1st degree). While on the "homefront" of Ashton Place, Constance Ashton is very close to giving birth to the heir of Lord Fredrick, and the dastardly "curse" is coming...
  • Jennifer Wilkey
    What a beautiful conclusion to this wonderful series. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. So happy to have a satisfying conclusion that remained true to the spirit of the series. The wit, charm, and heart of both the characters and the writing make this one of the best series for children (ahem, and adults) that I have ever read. These books have greatly added to the culture of our family as jokes, educational tangents, and other moments from the...
  • Kim N
    I read this series aloud to the girls over the last year. The stories were different from the usual fare and very enjoyable. I loved the way the author used great vocabulary and threaded all kinds of educational topics into the stories (We took the opportunity to study The Raven by Poe, etc). BUT I did not like being strung along for six books to find the answer to the mystery! Could have wrapped this up in a couple of books for sure.
  • Andrew Wolgemuth
    This is a solid conclusion to a wonderful series as loose ends are drawn together in clear, satisfying ways...and yet it doesn't quite have the full whimsy and entertaining absurdity of the other Ashton Place books. Also, while Fiona Hardingham does a lovely job narrating the audio edition, she had humungous shoes to fill as Katherine Kellgren was masterful in the first five books in the series. Hardingham probably tried to match Kellgren's work ...
  • Joseph Leskey
    Just quite nearly brilliant, I think, when you add it all together and divide by who knows what. I like the way that this all ends, with spoiler already knowing spoiler and a spoiler spoiler. Admittedly, there were some parts of this tale which seem doubtful, but when one makes careful calculation, it kind of makes sense, what.
  • Christa
    A perfect ending to a perfect series. Love these.
  • Joella
    I love this series, and this was a good ending that gave all the answers I had been wondering about. Also, the dedication that was read at the end of the book nearly made me cry. Such a good book!
  • Amber
    4.5 stars. The first half of the book could have been shortened, but the series as a whole was loved by my entire family!
  • Meredith
    A fantastic audio narration, and so sad that the original series narrator passed away. A great ending to a very special and adorable series.
  • Alicia
    2018-06-19 admit that I was a bit grumpy for a large part of this book, because I wanted my long-awaited ANSWERS and instead Wood spends more than half the book dealing with the cliffhanger from book 5. This was all objectively very entertaining, and when I reread it, I will inevitably like it much more, but I was impatient this go-round! But once things start to come together, I was on the edge of my seat, and was ...
  • Theresa Farrell Tankersley
    She pulled it off!A very exciting and satisfying ending to this six book series. The adventure continues! How will it end? You'll have to read it to find out!
  • Karen
    Listening to the audio in the car. We were a bit disappointed that it is a new reader for this book. We really liked the old reader and became accustomed to her voices. We are on disc 2 now and this reader is doing a good job of sounding like the original reader with the exception of the children's voices. Nonetheless, we are loving the story!...krb 7/11/18Heard the reason why it was a new narrator at the end of the story and I cried! This has be...
  • Barbara
    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI: the Long-Lost Home is the long-awaited finale to the Incorrigible Children series by Maryrose Wood.If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s about three children raised by wolves whom Lord Frederick Ashton brings home after he discovered them on a hunting trip. Needing someone to teach and “tame” the children, Lord Ashton advertised for a governess. He was sent the plucky Miss Penelop...
  • Erica
    There is a beautiful dedication and explanation on the narrator switch for this book. I wish the publisher had put it at the beginning as I think it would have made a bigger impression on my listening. The whole time I was listening all I could think was the narrator had done a much better job through the first five books and there was such a change in the children's voices and a few of the other characters (especially Edward Ashton/Judge Quincy)...
  • Elise
    When Penelope was talking with Tolstoy at the military barracks in Russia, she recited what she had been trying to teach the Babushkawoos: " be kind....To think of other as well as of oneself. To be grateful, not just for good fortune but for all fortune, the good and the bad, for it is life's nature to offer a bit of both. TO use good manners, not just with one's friends but with everyone, even strangers....To spend time in nature, and not ...
  • Katrina
    Miss Penelope is my hero. I absolutely love her character, as well as many, if not all, of the wonderful people you get to meet in this book. From the Incorrigibles (of course!), to Simawoo, to Mrs. Clarke, to Old Timothy, and even to Lord and Lady Ashton, whose character arcs are a wonderful addition to the story, every one of Wood's collection of characters is interesting and fun to read about. The author also includes so many witty lines and h...
  • Dana
    I thought this was a satisfying conclusion to one of our favorite series. Like all the other books this one had so many great sayings and funny moments, and we get all the answers...well, most of them. As for the audiobook--What a huge loss with the passing of Katherine Kellgren. She is still my favorite audiobook narrator. There was no way anyone could live up to her voice and I did go into listening with an open mind, but it really just did not...
  • Amalie Simper
    This final book in the incorrigible children of ashton place series was so good. Honestly, it really could have been written in 2 books. There were so many details that seemed forced and pushed to end that the author could have expanded on. It took a while to get through all the details of reading about her living in Russia. It was hard to sit and listen to a book series that had to expand and characterize a whole set of new characters so that we...
  • Charity
    My children and I found this an enjoyable read, but they were a little disappointed. They said that the characters didn't act like themselves, and I can see their point. There are some drastic and abrupt personality changes here and some characters that get left behind rather unceremoniously.Our blah reaction might be in part a result of Katherine Kellgren's absence as narrator. We started listening to the audiobook narrated by Fiona Hardingham, ...
  • Kristen
    i wish i hadn't discovered this series until, like, right now. i read the first 5 over a year ago and my memory is awful. i remembered a few things, but another reason i like to read series as close together as possible is because i am more invested that way. otherwise i lose interest even though it's not the book's fault. but, no matter, this was an easy read and soon enough i remembered most of what needed to be remembered. i will say, it didn'...
  • Sara
    This book began with a disadvantage. We have been looking forward with great excitement for this book and its accompanying audiobook to be released. We ordered it, pressed play and was shocked to hear a narrator other than Katherine Kellgren. It was so disappointing that my son and I turned it off half way through the first chapter and we were too depressed after learning of Ms. Kellgren’s passing, to turn it back on for many weeks. Once our sh...
  • Lori
    AWHOO! Such a satisfying conclusion to this series! I have loved following Miss Penelope Lumley, complete with her Agatha Swanburne's maxims to live by. I love the intrusion of the author in using a modern day example to explain a Victorian custom or event. And her wordplay! So much fun in this book!I was eager for answers to the many mysterious going-ons but Penelope's new adventure in Russia and her "window of opportunity" were as much of a rom...
  • Maddie
    I read all the other books in this series when they were just coming out, and I was much younger, so personally I feel like these books were some of the most memorable that I enjoyed as a child. Since the last one only just came out, my dad wasn't reading them to me obviously - but I could still hear Edward Ashton's drawling tone and Lady Ashton's slightly drunk voice in my head as I read thThe Incorrigibles miss their governess, Penelope Lumley,...
  • Ger
    It was bittersweet finishing this book, knowing it was the last installment to this amazing series. I read the first book when I was a kid, and every one that followed. The Long-Lost Home was an overall great ending to the series, and I'd love nothing more than a sequel, LOL! (view spoiler)[of the adventures of Penelope and Simon on their journey to Africa with Bertha the ostrich! (hide spoiler)] Thank you Maryrose Wood for writing such an advent...
  • Ckopphills
    I read this aloud to my 8 year-old. My daughter's review: "It was amazing!" Mine -- fun series, and loved reading aloud, but the plot grew ridiculous, especially in this last book of the series, and by the end, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia felt like flat characters. But perhaps I only realized in Book 6 that, although this series was called "The Incorrigible Children," the story was really about Penelope. Well, I loved Penelope, and I adore...
  • Tracy
    I was a little bit disappointed in this final book in the series. After dragging out the mysteries through the first five books, it all comes together in a rush in the last half of this one, and there were too many coincidences. It wasn't satisfying. However, it is still charming and funny and has some laugh-out-loud moments, and the Incorrigibles are endearing as always. I cracked up when they were told to "woofy up the baby" and Cassiopeia wond...