By: Margot Livesey
Location: FIC LIV
Genre: Jane Eyre Retold. ChicLit. Brit Lit
This book is set in Iceland, Scotland and believe it or not Orkney.
I had never heard of Orkney until I met Peter Bichan.
Bichan is an Orkney name and now I have it myself. It is a small Island of the top coast of Scotland, they belong to the Scots but it is full of Viking blood. They have crooked fingers. I bought this book only because it was set in Orkney. Then I found out it was a goody!
Hardy is an orphan with a relatively stable life until her beloved
uncle who is raising her dies when she is 10. Her stepmother hates her
and soon puts her in a boarding school in Scotland. She is more a
servant than a student but she is a tough young woman and holds her own.
When the school is forced to close when Gemma is 17 she goes to one of
the Orkney Islands at the tip of Scotland as an aupair to care for young
The remote Blackbird
Hall belongs to Mr. Sinclair, a London businessman; his eight-year-old
niece is Gemma's charge. Even before their first meeting, Gemma is, like
everyone on the island, intrigued by Mr. Sinclair. Rich (by Gemma's
standards), single, flying in from London when he pleases, Hugh Sinclair
fills the house with life. An unlikely couple, the two are drawn to
each other, but Gemma's biggest trial is about to begin: a journey of
passion and betrayal, redemption and discovery, that will lead her to a
life of which she's never dreamed.