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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

“An exceptionally well-plotted, well-crafted, innovatively interpreted modern twist on a timeless classic, one that’s sure to delight the multitudes of Brontë fans, and the multitudes of fans that Livesey deserves.” —The Boston Globe

“A suspenseful, curl-up-by-the-fire romance with a willfully determined protagonist who’s worthy of her literary role model.” — People

The resonant story of a young woman’s struggle to take charge of her own future, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a modern take on a classic story—Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—that will fascinate readers of the Gothic original and fans of modern literary fiction alike, with its lyrical prose, robust characters, and abundant compassion. 

Set in early 1960s Scotland, this breakout novel from award-winning author Margot Livesey is a tale of determination and spirit that, like The Three Weissmanns of Westport and A Thousand Acres, spins an unforgettable new story from threads of our shared, still-living literary past.

Fiction & Literature
January 24

Customer Reviews

cindytimberlake ,

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Ensconced from the start all through to the end. Loved it!

Teacher Jewel ,

Had I known...

I began this book with no idea that it was a reimagining of Jane Eyre. As I continued reading I couldn’t believe how identical the stories were. I did a Google search and realized it was intentional and not an author trying to claim a completely original story. Anyway, the low rating comes from the “twist” in the story when Jane or Gemma in this story, is about to marry their love, the reason that Gemma runs from the marriage is so weak! She doesn’t leave her intended because he’s hiding a crazy wife. His secret is so minor, it’s really hard to believe she would have left over it. I was also disappointed that the author didn’t tie up Gemma’s ends with the family that rescues her. Good writing, but disappointed with some major plot points.

A weird sister ,

Good book

I really liked this book. It is the type of book that pulls you into its story and when not reading it you are thinking about what you’ve read. Very enjoyable read. I will look for more by this author.

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