The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A more modern day version of Jane Eyre in many ways, this story is set in Scotland in the 1950's and 60's. Much like Jane, Gemma is an orphan, living at the mercy of her cruel aunt. She is sent away to school where she is put to work physically as well as academically. She is constantly trying to plan how to get to a better place and find the roots of her family, which she knows, reside in Iceland.
The story continues to follow for the most part the one of Jane, although without the same depth of emotion. I did not like Gemma a great deal.
I believe the book's closing was open ended, perhaps, for the next book to follow.
A very good read, but certainly not to be substituted for Jane Eyre.
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