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Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Flight of Gemma Hardy
Author:  Margot Livesey
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages: 420
Genre: General Fiction
Source:  A complimentary copy was provided by TLC Book Tours and the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  The opinion expressed here is my own.
"Taken from her native Iceland to Scotland in the early 1950s when her widower father drowns at sea, young Gemma Hardy comes to live with her kindly uncle and his family. But his death leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and she suddenly finds herself an unwelcome guest. Surviving oppressive years at a strict private school, Gemma ultimately finds a job as an au pair to the eight-year-old niece of Mr. Sinclair on the Orkney Islands—and here, at the mysterious and remote Blackbird Hall, Gemma’s greatest trial begins.
A captivating homage to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane EyreThe Flight of Gemma Hardy is a sweeping saga that resurrects the timeless themes of the original, but is destined to become a classic all its own." (TLC Book Tours)

The Flight of Gemma Hardy is so much like Jane Eyre, which I loved!  I am hoping though, that Margot Livesey has some new twists on this modern age version, otherwise it won't feel original.  Have you read The Flight of Gemma Hardy?  Is it exciting and new or a modern "copy" of an incredible original?

Review to follow soon!

Margot Livesey is the acclaimed author of the novels The House on Fortune Street, Banishing Verona, Eva Moves the Furniture, The Missing World, Criminals, and Homework. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Livesey was born in Scotland and grew up on the edge of the Highlands. She lives in the Boston area and is a distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

1 comment:

  1. I have not read this one- but I loved Jany Eyre. The cover is very well done and it did draw my attention to the post. I also think the plot sounds good- a lot like Jane Eyre. I am curious to know more about this one. Thanks for sharing. :)


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