Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: January 24th 2012
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When her widower father drowns at sea, Gemma Hardy is taken from her native Iceland to Scotland to live with her kind uncle and his family. But the death of her doting guardian leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and it soon becomes clear that she is nothing more than an unwelcome guest at Yew House. When she receives a scholarship to a private school, ten-year-old Gemma believes she’s found the perfect solution and eagerly sets out again to a new home. However, at Claypoole she finds herself treated as an unpaid servant.

To Gemma’s delight, the school goes bankrupt, and she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands. 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.

Set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and ’60s, The Flight of Gemma Hardy–a captivating homage to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre–is a sweeping saga that resurrects the timeless themes of the original but is destined to become a classic all its own.


I think this one will definitely have me in tears…


Jess @ Gone with the Words

16 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy”

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    I like the cover a lot. It looks very pretty. I like the sounds of it! I wonder what will happen to Gemma’s life after she accepts the position. Great choice! Thank you for sharing!

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    It does sound intense! I cry during sooo many books! I’m a softie. I also cried like crazy during the book your reading now, Where She Went. I loved it! New follower. I love your blog name.

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    Amy @ Turn the Page

    I did post a comment (also accidently linking a HP video – sorry about that, but hey – enjoy lol) but now it’s disappeared…

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    Haven’t heard of this one before. The cover is interesting, after reading the title, you can almost see her ready to jump!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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    Dani @ Refracted Light

    Is it supposed to be a retelling of Jane Eyre?  ‘Cause it sounds an awful lot like it…  I hadn’t heard of this book before now, so thanks for putting it on my radar! :)

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    Your blog is seriously bad for my budget. I hadn’t heard of this one, but it’s on my Amazon list now… The cover is gorgeous, but the synopsis sounds so good!

    Stop by and see what I’m waiting on this week!

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    I have not heard of this book but it has grabbed my attention. A interesting title and a stunning cover. Great pick this week!

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