This book has been on my TBR for more than a year and I never managed to pick it up – now this time has finally arrived, I’m a little over 100 pages in and so here are my first thoughts!
This is super complicated for me right now: because I’m torn apart, but mostly positive. The first thing I noticed is that I love Audrey Rose. She’s an incredible protagonist and I love the way she fights back the prejudice and injustice of women her time. She doesn’t believe in interests being girlish or boyish, she does what she wants and is proud of herself.
Secondly, I love the London vibe! We don’t get too much of it, which is sad, but when we get a glimpse, it’s magnificent! The atmosphere in general is great – the uncle’s workspace (not going to reveal too much) is so incredibly detailed and realistically described, it’s awesome!
I also enjoy her writing style as she doesn’t have the typical style of a historical fiction author which I don’t really like. You know that this is historical London, but the writing doesn’t really differ from today’s world, which was a huge relief for me.
Now to the not too great aspects: something about this book makes me cringe. I’m not 100% certain what it is, but I have the overall feeling of reading something cringy. It might be Thomas and Audrey’s relationship (so their social relation, not them being together), because it feels staged at some points…
So, that’s the first impression I have; I’ll continue reading now. See you soon and happy reading!