by Marthe Jocelyn
Recommended Age: Probably 13 and up due to sexuality - but up to you Mom and Librarians (Library Technicians), not my place to choose who is mature enough
Description: Three fates intertwine in this moving and passionate love story set in Victorian London.
Mary Finn: country girl, maid to a lord in London
Caden Tucker: liar, scoundrel, and heart's delight
James Nelligan: age six, tossed into a herd of boys
When Mary Finn falls into the arms of handsome Caden Tucker, their frolic changes the course of her life. What possesses her? She's been a girl of common sense until now. Mary's tale alternates with that of young James Nelligan, a new boy in an enormous foundling home.
The Good Stuff
- Beautifully written
- Written so eloquently and real that you feel you are back in the late 1800's
- Heartbreakingly sad
- Great story for convincing kids to use birth control
- Impossible to put down, you care so much for EVERYONE in the story
- James: I must adopt that boy and give him a great big hug
- Extremely impressed with authors attention to detail and a truly remarkable gift for storytelling in all era's. I look forward to reading more of her works. I have also reviewed her other book Would You
- language may be a little challenging for the younger YA reader (Or an overtired Mommy)
- Need a lot of kleenex while reading it -- must stop reading sad books in my office, at reference desk and in front of my husband (he made fun of me the cad)
"I did not know the heart were like a china teacup hanging in the cupboard from a single hook, that it could chip and crack and finally smash to the ground under a book heel."
"Well, you'll not want to know the details any more than we did, though it might benefit mothers forever if young men had a brighter ken of how a baby arrives."
What I Learned
- That I am damn grateful that I wasn't alive during the late 1800's
- Some old English terms
- Due to sexual content I would recommend it for older YA readers. (It isn't very graphic though)
- Probably not the best for a reluctant reader as language is a little challenging
- A must addition to public and school libraries
I won from Library Thing Early Reviewers and promised to write an honest review