Saturday, 23 July 2016

Florence Grace Book Review

Florence Grace lifestyle blog book review on Blooming Fiction

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.

Florence Grace
by Tracy Rees

Publisher: Quercus
Publish Date: 30 Jun. 2016
ISBN-10: 1784296171
Rating: 4/5


I don't know about you....but I love a book which I can become completely absorbed in from the word go. I haven't had many of these lately but Florence Grace is a book I can submerge myself in from the very first page.

As my first read from Tracy Rees I was excited to get started with this book to discover her style of writing. Historical books need a special something to bring them to life and Tracy manages it with perfection. From the very beginning when we first meet the small gang of friends we can see the Upstairs, Downstairs kind of setting with all the trimmings worked into the stunning descriptions in the book.

Sad turns of events lead to Florence, Florrie, becoming an orphan. However she is 'rescued' by her long lost grandfather who insists that she joined her real family home to do her duty. Being picked up from your whole world and dumped into an alternate reality is exactly what happens to Florence and she finds love on the way. Yet the life of Florence Grace is not straight forward and many twists and turns in the plot reveal that poor Florrie has to appear content with the life she would rather leave.

The tale of Florence Grace is an enchanting glimpse into life from both sides of the fence. Not many of us get to experience life as being both poor and rich, so our adventure with Florrie is definitely one to be excited about.

As a historical novel I'm thrilled to say that the plot and the surroundings are accurate and well proportioned to the story being told. The habits and obligations of the gentry are well earmarked and completely match the stereotypical image we often see of Lords and Ladies. If you have never read a historical novel this is a great book to start with as it is reading and great fun at the same time.

My only drawback from not giving a full five stars for this review is that there was a few too many long drawn out flashbacks to Florrie's past. But as a blogger I'm naturally picky. This is a great book which will sit comfortably next to your Austen's.

If you love historical fiction you will really like Penhaligon's Attic.

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