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Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Orphaned at age ten, and sent to a boarding school where she is both student and servant, Gemma seems destined for a life of loneliness and hardship. But when she accepts a position as an au pair in the remote Orkney Islands, her life changes.

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Nursie said...

I enjoyed this book & gave it 4 stars. A little depressing at first as Gemma just couldn't get a break but I was impressed with her character - she had grit, she persevered, soldiered up & was rewarded in the end. It was especially nice to read a book with no offensive language, gruesome violence or graphic sex.

Nellie said...

Loved this book. What a life Gemma had. Very interesting and for me was a page turner.

Becky said...

Three Stars. Basically this is a retelling of Jane Eyre except based in Ireland (& Iceland) and in a more modern time (of telephones). I did enjoy Gemma's character better than Jane Eyre, Mr. Sinclair's secret was less abrupt than Mr. Rochester's, and the ending much better than that of Jane Eyre.
But if you've read Jane Eyre, I wouldn't spend your time reading this when there are so many other books (and different stories) to explore.
Read it as part of the Salt Lake County's Readers Choice Program.