THE OTHER FACE by Barbara C. Freeman


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In this rococo variation on the theme of an English girl gone time traveling, a miniature china cottage is the talisman that shuttles Betony Dovewood between a spun-sugar version of 1826, in which she helps a look-alike ancestor elope with the son of a well-to-do shopkeeper, and a Dickens-style present where she is the orphan housekeeper for two eccentric aunts. Most everyone on both sides recognizes that Betony is ""out of time"" and the resulting dialog will seem fey and faintly ridiculous to anyone who takes the plot conventions seriously. At bottom it is, but Freeman paints in little touches of humor and sentiment that turn this into a charming, if unfashionably styled knick-knack.

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1976
Publisher: Dutton