A captivating tale, set in Scotland in the early 1960s, that is both an homage and a modern variation on the enduring classic, Jane Eyre. To tell you any more would be a crime!!
I am a romantic at heart and that is why I love Jane Eyre and identify with Jane so much, because in the end she just wants to be loved and treasured. Now I can add another character with whom I share similarities with and that is Gemma. I was expecting a storyline that pretty much stayed true to Jane Eyre but to my profound relief and delight it did not. While some of the anchored parts were there, the author has weaved her own tale of an orphan who suffers much at the hands of those she should be able to trust, but who through it all ends up finding herself and so much more.
Recommend? Unequivocally...YES! The pages flew by as I found myself immersed in Gemma's life. I couldn't get enough of the story and have to admit that I was quite sad when I turned the last page. Even though I have not finished Bronte's Jane Eyre having only watched numerous movie adaptations of the novel, I can honestly say that this book was a fresh retelling of a classic story!
P.S. One of the most exciting things that I've taken away with me from this novel is the renewed interest it has stirred in me to read other novelists who have also written back to classics. In the back of the book, Livesey lists some of her favorites and many I have read like, March by Geraldine Brooks, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, and The Tale of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. I have now added a few more to my must-read list such as, A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, and Foreign Bodies byCynthia Ozick.
Source: TLC Book Tours and Publisher
Review Book #19
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