After finishing school, Flora Post finds herself an orphan with a small inheritance and an unwillingness to earn her own living. She hopes one day to write a novel so spends time collecting material. Flora’s aunt decides to take her in as long as Flora never asks how her uncle wronged her father. She agrees and goes off to Howling to live with the Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm.
Every time someone mentions reading a Jane Austen novel, I want to recommend this book but I hesitate because it seems to parody those types of novels. The main character thinks she has a lot in common with Miss Austen in that she likes everything tidy, pleasant and comfortable and would like to write a book as good as Persuasion. She hopes to solve any problems her relatives may have, such as Ada Doom who saw something nasty in the woodshed, and Adam Lambsbreath who is obsessed with the farm’s cows: Graceless, Aimless, Feckless and Pointless.