Image of Olivia Twist (Blink)


Image of Olivia Twist (Blink)

Langdon has crafted a charming reimaging of the classic story Oliver Twist. There is the perfect balance between historical details, solid pacing and strong character voices. Readers may find this book to be a bit more hopeful than the original story by Charles Dickens, but the plight of the poor in London in the 1800s is still apparent. It is easy to root for the characters, particularly the intelligent and kick-butt heroine, Olivia. If you are looking for a historical tale full of adventure, twists and a bit of romance, this is one to check out.

Olivia Brownlow was forced to spend part of her life as a boy named Oliver in order to protect herself among the street gangs in London. Born in a workhouse, she was rescued by her long-lost uncle, and she never forgot where she came from. Olivia made it her mission to care for the less fortunate children still struggling in the slums. When she encounters Jack MacCarron, Olivia senses a familiarity about him, and he feels the same way about her. Jack’s background is less than desirable for someone of Olivia’s standing, but neither can deny the attraction between them. When secrets are revealed, will it threaten Olivia’s future? (BLINK, Mar., 336 pp., $18.99)

Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee