The Misunderstandings of Charity Brown by Elizabeth Laird



I would not recommend this book to the faint-hearted. However, though challenging, it will not disappoint! Charity Brown and her large family belong to the Lucasite religion, a little-known community with rigid rules that have fenced Charity in her whole life. Unsure how to please the people around her in the Lucasite way, and along the way trying to convert non-Lucasites, which earns her titles such as “Holy Charity”, Charity’s path to inner peace is a relatable story which will be particularly enjoyed by 9-12 year olds. By: Lupita (age 11). Rating: 4/5.

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Inspired by award-winning author’s Elizabeth Laird’s own childhood growing up in post-war London, The Misunderstandings of Charity Brown is a classic coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of The Skylarks’ War and I Capture the Castle.

Charity Brown’s life is about to change – her family have been left a huge, rambling house by a mysterious benefactor, and her parents want to move in and throw open its doors to the needy.

Only recently back from hospital after months of isolation with polio, Charity is over-protected and lonely as the only child still at home. Her family are very religious – her sisters are called Faith and Hope, and her brother Ted is studying to be a preacher – so she’s both excited and nervous at the thought of sharing her family and new home with strangers.

It’s a recipe for confusion, joy and endless misunderstandings, including with the new neighbours, an Austrian family with a daughter just Charity’s age . . .