Livesey, Margot

(Book - 2012)
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062064233


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Jan 30, 2013
  • RobinKSmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A lovely, romantic read! Entertaining and fun.

This is the most enjoyable book I've read in quite some time, especially since it involved discovering a writer that was new to me. I got completely caught up in Gemma's harrowing story, and Margot Livesy has created both a vivid, relatable character and vivid landscapes in both Scotland and Iceland. Like Jane Eyre, there is a rather.....boring...section when Gemma first finds work as a governess, but my interest reignited when she fled. Gemma is a compelling yet believable portrait of a young person who is intelligent and willful but whose inexperience puts her in danger. Set in the 1960's, it would be impossible to believeably end Gemma's story in the same way as Jane Eyre, but I found the ending both satisfying and true to the character.

Nov 20, 2012
  • dollfacecrafter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read all of Margot Livesly's books and loved them all, was excited to see her new one come out and it did not disapoint, a wonderful story of an orphan who overcomes incredible obstacles.

May 23, 2012
  • PennyKollar9685 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gemma will keep you reading from the very beginning to the very end. I really enjoyed this story!



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