Book Tour: ‘The Flight of Gemma Hardy’ by Margot Livesey

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

by Margot Livesey

Harper Perrenial

Pub. Date:   June 26, 2012

Book received from: Publisher via TLC Book Tours



There is rarely a book that I do not have much to say about.  However, there are times when a book does not leave one with much of an impression, or nothing much to add.  This is one of those times.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a good book.  That being said, I have read the story before.  It is called Jane Eyre.

When I was reading rave reviews of this book, I was excited to read a retelling of such an iconic story.  That is, I thought ‘retelling’ would not be quite so literal.  Most often ‘retellings’ take a certain amount of artistic liberty in the re-imagining of the original story.  Livesey does not seem to do any such changes, except in placing the character in a different era and changing her name.  Otherwise, I felt as though I was being told a story that pales in comparison to Bronte’s.

All in all, The Flight of Gemma Hardy was a good read, and some readers may connect with the character more than her original counterpart.  For me, I suppose I am a partial to Jane Eyre, and will stick to the original until a true retelling comes along that plays with the story a bit more and takes a few more liberties in imagining who Jane would be outside of her time.  I am, by all means, in the minority of not finding the magic in this book, so perhaps it is simply that I did not connect with Livesey’s writing style.  If you love Jane Eyre, you will want to pick this one up to add to your collection.


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‘The Flight of Gemma Hardy’ can be purchased at, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Margot Livesey, go to her website here.


2 thoughts on “Book Tour: ‘The Flight of Gemma Hardy’ by Margot Livesey

  1. Hmmm. I didn’t think this was a literal retelling at all. Without mentioning anything that may be taken as spoilers to your readers, I’ll just say that I found Gemma to be a much more interesting character than Jane.

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