by Katherine Longshore
Release Date: January 28, 2014
by Point (an imprint of Scholastic)
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*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*
A complex, fast-paced, impossible story is not what you would expect from a historical fiction book. But that was what this one had. I have to say, I was very impressed with it. The setting and situation were very well explained to I got the full picture pretty quick, and man was it dismal. Everyone was unhappy in this book and as I was reading I was trying to figure out how Katherine Longshore was going to make it right. But she staged everything in such a way that when she did make it right, it made perfect sense. The story line and plot was very complex and interesting, and the story moved very fast. There were a lot of different elements to this book, romance, intrigue, drama...you get the idea. I liked the 2 POVs in this book. When having 2 POVs there is the danger of one being less interesting, but in this book they were both equally gripping and it really showed the difference in how Charlotte and Janie lived. The ending was absolutely awesome and definitely gives a new meaning to “fairytale ending”.
The characters in this book were great. Charlotte and Janie were very well developed and you got to know them very well. Charlotte is trapped in her life and she wants to rebel, but can't. She was a pathetic character in the beginning but over the course of the book you can see her grow and become stronger. I really loved Janie's spunk and attitude, and her selflessness. I also really like Henry and Andrew Broadhurst – he's so sweet, though I found it a little convenient that he was so unconventional.
All in all, a fantastic historical fiction book that managed to be gripping and interesting throughout.