Twenty-First Century Books

The Awakening of Miss Prim

After the joy that was the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy, I wanted a single-volume story of comparative simplicity.

I found just what I wanted in The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera on the shelf at work. I may return it for someone else to enjoy, or it may join my collection, because I enjoyed it.

Miss Prudencia Prim begins a new job as a private librarian in San Ireneo de Arnois, considering herself too old-fashioned for the modern world and hoping to keep the Modern World at bay in this village. Certainly San Ireneo de Arnois is the perfect place to escape the Modern World.

There is nothing overly complicated about this story, which was the debut of Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera, although there were complications in Miss Prim’s search for happiness, and some quite thought-provoking sentiments from some of the villagers. There is a lovely, butterfly delicacy to the writing and how the different, to the outside world eccentric, characters are revealed. After the ups and downs of Karou, Miss Prim’s relative steadiness was a welcome breath of fresh air to blow away the jitters.

I’d really quite like to live in a place like San Ireneo de Arnois. It sounds an idyllic sort of place, with a gentle, simple way of life. Or maybe it was the sound of the library I liked.

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