I received a copy of Florence Grace by Tracy Rees to review as a part of Quercus Summer.
Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It’s a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie’s life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own.
Florence Grace is, for me, one of the books that makes book blogging great. It’s on the face of it a very me book and I really enjoyed it. But I don’t think I’d have discovered it if I hadn’t been sent it. Although I like historical fiction a lot my tastes tend to run a little later (post 1900 usually). So I could easily have missed this and I’d have missed a brilliant read that I found hard to put down. Seriously I spent an entire Saturday morning in bed finishing this. I got up a couple of times for the loo or a drink and each time I was like “I’ll get dressed and go do my shopping and finish this later.” and each time I ended up back in bed reading more.
One of the best things about this book was it’s twists and turns. At least twice I was absolutely convinced I knew what was going to happen. And I was wrong each time. But it still ended in a way that I loved and thought worked really well. If you read one historical fiction book this year you wouldn’t go wrong with Florence Grace.
At the moment I’m really trying to make a big dent in my TBR pile of ridiculousness. It’s mostly going well. I think reading Florence Grace will cause a bit of a slip up though – Tracy Rees has written another book and I’m a little bit tempted.