The Sumerford household is an interesting one. I can imagine some of their more interesting qualities were quite common to the era, but reading it in today's day make for a fascinating family dynamic. Describing each family member would give away secrets of the book, so I'll limit myself to touching on my favorite character and why I enjoyed him so much.
Ludovick Sumerford is the youngest son, which means he will basically inherit nothing from his father. Knowing this drives him to seek out his own fortune, and shapes him as a character. One of the more interesting aspects of the book for me was watching Ludovick grow in response to his experiences and the relationships he builds. He starts off rather cocky and more concerned with his self than those around him, but Ludovick's life takes several unexpected turns and the reader gets to watch as he responds to those trials, growing and changing. I won't give anything away, but one of my favorite parts of the book was Ludovick's final conversation with his father. It was a beautiful moment.
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