At times, yes. But Mary Cutler is one of the more experienced writers and should know better. Perhaps she has a tin ear for yoof. The ‘beck and call’ remark sounded more like something a Young Squire would have said in a romance set in another time (not the future!) Though, come to think of it, not just yoof: Clarrie’s ‘crush’ conversation with Mia sounded a bit archaic, too, verging on, ‘don’t you go taking young Master Ruairi’s attentions seriously, he won’t go marrying the loikes of us Grundays’. Yes, I know she didn’t write those words, but it sounded along those lines. Maybe Mary Cutler has been having a Mills and Boon fest!
But if I haven’t got the wrong writer again, she wrote the scene with Susan and the brownies which I thought was good.