Livesey, Margot

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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 08, 2015
  • carolynlindstrom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Don't remember well, but I think I liked it!

Nov 01, 2014
  • workerbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable read. I picked it up because I heard it was a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, but this is a novel that stands on it's own. It's easy to root for long suffering Gemma Hardy, she doesn't seem too perfect, or too patient to be real. The setting is vivid and interesting, moving from Scotland to the Orkney Islands, to Iceland.

Jun 14, 2014
  • aeg123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found it very interesting.

Mar 18, 2013
  • inthestacks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A contemporary twist on Jane Eyre set in 1950s-60s Scotland. The early part of the novel is the most engaging as it closely mirrors Jane Eyre, with Gemma enduring the abusiveness of her aunt and cousins, and her transforming experiences at boarding school. After that, the novel veers off into the implausible plot devices of a romance novel. Setting the novel in 1960s as she did, it would seem that Livesey intended to infuse the 19th century classic with the dilemmas faced by women as their roles in society began to change. While she incorporates some of that in her novel, she never quite gets free of a lifeless love story that prevents the story from taking flight.

Feb 09, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good read. I enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

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

A lovely, romantic read! Entertaining and fun.

Dec 31, 2012

Enjoyed this one. Good settings, characters and a fast pace. Noticed a recurring theme with young childrn being left by flaky young mothers, three times in one book is overdoing it.

Dec 10, 2012
  • ser_library rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

read Jane Eyre

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.

Oct 31, 2012
  • mpfickes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this thoroughly romantic fairy tale of a Cinderella-like orphan in 1950s Scotland who fights to survive, to discover the story of her parents, and to believe herself lovable. Based on the Jane Eyre story.

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