Oh, I love Jane Eyre. I really, really love it. As soon as I saw that Margot Livesey's The Flight of Gemma Hardy was an homage to Bronte's classic, I did a happy dance. It's a fine line, don't get me wrong. Gemma Hardy could be a wonderful read reminiscent of that tasty gothic tale, or it could be a let down because the expectations are so high. Either way, I'm excited to find out!
Here's some info from the publisher:
Fate has not been kind to Gemma Hardy. Orphaned by the age of ten, neglected by a bitter and cruel aunt, sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student, young Gemma seems destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman with dreams of the future, she accepts a position as an au pair on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. But Gemma’s biggest trial is about to begin . . . a journey of passion and betrayal, secrets and lies, redemption and discovery that will lead her to a life she’s never dreamed. The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a captivating tale that is both an homage and a modern variation on the enduring classic, Jane Eyre.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy hits shelves on January 24. Check out Goodreads for some early reviews.