Synopsis (as taken from Amazon) is as follows:
A sinking boat.
A girl in disguise.
A disappearing sea.
When Fortune Sharpe carves a boat from a tree with her beloved brother, Gem, she’s only having a bit of fun. But now is not the time for a girl to be drawing attention to herself. She is sent away to find work dressed as a boy. Luckily a rich manor house is hiring.
Yet Barrow Hill’s inhabitants harbour dangerous secrets of their own, the suspicious owner is hunting for witches, and the house itself is a little too close to the sea.
Ability to Read – I love Emma Carroll’s writing, there is such grace and charm to the stories she tells. I had no problem reading this and understood all of it.
Characterisation – Fortune Sharpe was always going to be an explosive character with that name! I found Fortune to hold a lot of bravery and loyalty within her. She had a quick mind and that served her well on her adventure. The characters were fully formed and had thoughts and actions of their own. Everything that happened felt real for the characters involved and I enjoyed that each character was show to have a happy ending.
Visualisation – I had no issue with visualising this and was able to construct a clear image of what was happening through the details and descriptions given.
Enjoyment – Over this year I have grown such a soft spot for Emma Carroll and her work and this was no exception. The story was compelling and consuming. I read it in one sitting and I found the story to be thrilling, interesting and adventurous. I loved it!
Star Rating – ★★★★★