The Good Master is set prior to World War I in the farmlands of Hungary. It all starts out predictably with a quiet, content family taking in a rebellious young relative as a long-term house guest.
The result is chaos, exasperation, and a lot of laughter as Kate transforms from a rambunctious girl into a more prudent young lady. At first she steals sausages, gets saddle-sore when she rides a horse for the first time, and adamantly refuses to ever wear dresses. Cousin Jancsi is disappointed in Kate’s hopeless tomboyish manners, but he eventually matures as well during the trial-and-error process of adolescence that Kate starts.
Jancsi’s father, Marton, is the strength of their home; he keeps the farm in steady prosperity. Experienced and wise, Uncle Marton understands life and his family, and he adheres proudly to Hungarian customs and traditions. The same can be said for Jancsi’s mother and the village they live in. As examples of Hungarian culture, Seredy describes in full detail a Hungarian wedding ceremony and harvest time. She also emphasizes how important family life and familial love are to her nation, something that Kate’s character finds toward the end of the story. Charming and light-hearted, The Good Master is a classic.
Original review: Part 2: Kate Seredy was a storyteller of unknown legends, Examiner.com