I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
It has taken a long time, but Emily is now finally an orphan. Enter the Evil Aunt who is determined to run her life, that is until the Aunt remarries and the new husband decides to run everyone's life. He breaks off Emily's engagement and is now preparing to drag the whole household back to Italy.
Let the Gothic goings on begin!