Review: Florence Grace by Tracy Rees
I’m so pleased to be taking part in the Quercus Blogger Book Club this summer. Florence Grace was my second book for the summer and has continued the summer of fantastic reads!
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.
I don’t read very much historical fiction, I often find it quite similar and drawn out but Florence Grace was a captivating read with many plot twists and an ending that I certainly didn’t see coming.
Florrie Buckley is a Cornish orphan and quite the wild-child running free on the moors. Early in the novel a life-changing secret is revealed to her which completely changes her life and she is whisked away to London to live the high-life and to learn how to be a lady.
The book flows beautifully as Florrie changes into Florence Grace, falls in love and becomes the lady her new family wish her to be. This novel doesn’t feel as long as it is, it doesn’t follow a typical formula and it is delightfully written.
Florrie’s relationships are so well written and each of the characters are so well formed that they can be perfectly pictured. From her Grace family patriarch Hawker to her childhood Nan in Cornwall each character has been very carefully thought out and described to ensure the reader is fully committed to each person in Florrie’s life.
Florrie is a resourceful and clever young woman and it is this which keeps her sane throughout some very difficult times. She never gives up hope of finding happiness even when life appears completely hopeless. There are times when you feel her utter despair and can only hope she will find a way through, the only times I felt she may fall foul of her bad luck was when it came to her tumultuous love for Turlington Grace.
Florence Grace is a heartwarming book, and is beautifully written.
A huge thanks to Tracy Rees and Quercus for the ARC via Quercus Summer so that I could read and honestly review this book.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Title: Florence Grace
Author: Tracy Rees
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 30 June 2016
Review Format: Paperback
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