“The story was not that interesting to me, but it was well written. I would say it is an okay book, if it wasn't for the characters.
Penelope was viewed as loving by everyone, but I couldn't get over the way she thought of her own children, the two of them at least.
She seemed to blame her eldest daughter, Nancy, for being shallow and superficial to everyone, without blaming herself, the mother that raised her.
Her son, Noel, is viewed as greedy, but his worst trait was that he looked and acted so much like his father, the husband that never made Penelope happy.
The only exception for the mother, is the second daughter, Olivia, who is her favourite one and her flaws are overlooked by Penelope.
Nancy is shallow and Noel is greedy, indeed, but Olivia is selfish, strict and always keeping people on arms length.
The worst part is that Penelope's and Olivia's opinions are always right. They don't like Nancy's children so they have to be spoiled indeed. They detest Nancy's husband and he is indeed boring at best (he even smells bad!)
Noel's girlfriend appears to be too skinny and impolite despite her wealthy origin.
I can't forgive Olivia the coldness towards Nancy after their mother's death. The author-narrator even blames Nancy for not being proud enough and crying in her own mother's funeral!
I by no means like characters like Nancy and Noel. But their mother, a loving mother as she supposedly was, would like and accept them. And a good mother does not favor one child over the others. ”