Great fun. I love it when an author plays with a distinctive narrative voice, and this certainly qualifies. (There's also a brief section with another voice, the other female protagonist, who is the one doing the "observations" of her maid Bessy). Bessy actually made me laugh out loud several times, and kept a smile on my face a fair bit. In the end, it doesn't really matter what happens in the plot; that's not what sticks in your mind. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the quasi-ghost hijinks and the themes of real mothers / false mothers. Not capital-s Serious, but very well done.