Published: 5th January 2015
Pages: 272 Pages
Prudencia Prim is a young woman of intelligence and achievement, with a deep knowledge of literature and several letters after her name. But when she accepts the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Her employer, a book-loving intellectual, is dashing yet contrarian, always ready with a critique of her cherished Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. The neighbours, too, are capable of charm and eccentricity in equal measure, determined as they are to preserve their singular little community from the modern world outside.
Prudencia hoped for friendship in San Ireneo but she didn’t suspect that she might find love – nor that the course of her new life would run quite so rocky, would offer challenge and heartache as well as joy, discovery and fireside debate.
Thank you to Poppy from Little Brown and Abacus for sending me a copy to read and review.
Miss Prim fancies a change and seeks employment as a librarian to a man who is known as ‘the man in the winged chair’. She slowly embarks on a new adventure outside of the city.
Now, I hate to say this, but I didn’t really enjoy The Awakening of Miss Prim. It wasn’t how the novel was written (in fact I felt it was written beautifully) or the subject matter, more that I disliked Miss Prim’s character. She seemed to disagree with anyone’s opinion and even after only meeting the man in the winged chair a few times seemed to develop a hatred for him. I know we can all be a little judgement, but it was so strong I thought she was going to fight with him. I also felt that there was a sexual tension between the two characters and if they didn’t kiss or something soon I was going to bang their hands together.
I was constantly curious as to what the man in the winged chair’s name was and also, why the author decided not to inform you of his name. At first he was quite a reserved person and refrained from telling anyone his thoughts and feelings, but he later opened up and told (mostly Miss Prim) about himself. But, why didn’t you find out his name or more importantly why didn’t Miss Prim ask? She seemed to be noisy and ask about everything else.
The town of San Ireneo De Arnois sounds beautiful and I love how everyone living there is part of one big community. I’d find it relaxing to live somewhere like this because no one would fight, everyone is self-sufficient and it seems so peaceful. Maybe this is subconsciously what Miss Prim needed all along and the job of Librarian coming up was a positive more than a negative. The community element to the story is what made me continue and read to the end – sadly, I don’t think I’d have continued if this element was removed.