Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Book number nine on my #50BookPledge was The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey.  I was asked to review this book for the Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada book club.  They run a wonderful "she said" post featuring reviews on their upcoming books from members and fans alike.

I was interested to read The Flight of Gemma Hardy as it has been compared to Jane Eyre, one of my all-time favourite classics.

We meet our young heroine, Gemma, quite young; and it is evident that she is in for a rough road.  The first chapter captured my interest enough that I HAD to keep reading.  I needed and wanted to learn all about Gemma and her life.

Livesey is successful in painting beautiful, vivid landscapes and transporting her readers within.  Never have I been able to picture Scotland with more clarity.

The story continues over ten years and we see our heroine evolve.  She never loses sight of her quick-whit and sharp tongue, traits that made me laugh out loud several times; earning me worried expressions from my husband!

I absolutely loved following Gemma's journey to self-discovery and highly recommend this wonderful tale.  I saw many similarities between The Flight of Gemma Hardy and Jane Eyre as literary critics had proclaimed; which is perhaps why I enjoyed it so much.


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