This is a wonderful YA novel by a novelist from Stratford, Ontario where I live. I am SO proud of her work, and I always love reading it.
This book is no exception to her wonderful style and award-winning story-making talents. Many of her YA novels are written for young adolescent girls, and this book is no exception.
This book takes the reader back to the late 1800s. A few moments of folly lock together the destinies of four people. Mary, who begins very ignorant learns more than she would want to about lust and betrayal in a London house where she is a servant. Eliza another maid is Mary’s nemesis–but who is really the true betrayer? A teacher named Oliver avoids feeling anything, while knowing too well what matters. And then there’s the fostered boy, James, torn away from the only family who cares for him to grow up in the stern confines of a foundling home. What chance can he possibly have without knowing his roots?
In this story, Jocelyn uses four voices to tell a spellbinding story that brings Victorian London to life and explores emotions, joy, and sorrows that are raw and always encompassing.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth