The basics: The Uninvited Guests is all about one night in 1912 at the Torrington family's country estate. It is the 20th birthday of Emerald Torrington, but when there is a train accident nearby, all of the survivors come to the home.
My thoughts: I had high hopes for The Uninvited Guests based on both the rave review Audra gave it and my own enjoyment of Small Wars. For whatever reason, I failed to connect with The Uninvited Guests and didn't enjoy it. I did, however, enjoy the writing immensely, and it was enough to keep me reading when I might have otherwise cast this novel aside. Despite Jones' beautifully descriptive writing, the characters never came alive for me. In a comedy of manners (of sorts), characters are crucial, but these held no intrigue for me. In many ways, this novel defies categorization, a trait I often love, but here its quirks struck me as odd rather than endearing. Ultimately, I wanted to like this book but I didn't. In deference to Jones, I'm tempted to blame my stressful month and not her novel, so perhaps I'll pick this one up again some day and see if it is me or the book.
Favorite passage: "Edward fell in love as deeply as Charlotte grieved, and there in the far-down places of sorrow and sex they met."
The verdict: Despite enjoying the writing, the characters fell flat for me in this novel. I couldn't make myself believe they were real, and thus their actions bored me.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Length: 288 pages
Publication date: May 1, 2012
Source: publisher via TLC Book Tours
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