my take: I recently watched the newest movie version of Jane Eyre … and liked it a lot … so my little brain was ready for Gemma. 

This is a retelling of Jane Eyre set in 1950’s Great Britain. Gemma (pronounced with a J sound) adds and subtracts from the original plot in very satisfying ways. It doesn’t seem as dark as the Gothic version.

Even if you haven’t read Jane recently (or ever) I think you’ll agree this has a great plot with great characters and a bit of adventure. Gemma flees from situation to situation with a host of birds surrounding her. (Those who know about birds might find symbolism in the selections).

I read this in a day on a houseboat – a wonderful way to lounge the day away.

my source: Other people’s lists (Oprah’s website, Amazon suggestions)

my verdict: Excellent.