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This is the fastest book I have gotten through in a while. The story is so captivating and well paced I couldn't stop, I'm serious I finished this is one sitting with no breaks. The story is very well written and it reached all my expectations. I've read so many amazing books this year and this is one of them, it is possibly one of my favorite retellings. I read the original Oliver Twist a long time ago and I am sad to say I don't remember too much of it, but I undoubtedly love Lorie Langdon's version.
The story follows two people who made their living in hell and still grew up to be amazing people who are willing to help the children stuck in the same violent, depraved conditions they faced in their childhood. Olivia spent her childhood in the poor streets, in a life filled with thievery and deception. One day a job went out of hand, but through the failure her uncle finds her and raises her to be a 'proper' lady but she never truly let go of her tumultuous past and chooses to steal from the wealthy sections of society in order to help orphan thieves stuck in a situation similar to her own childhood.
Jack, formerly known as the Street Lord Artful Dodger, is now a gentleman of the wealthier section in society. In truth, he assumed this identity to steal from the wealthy to survive and maintain his false identity with the help of a society matron who needs Jack to steal for her because she's going broke. He knew Olivia from his days on the streets, but not as Olivia but Oliver Twist as she maintained the guise of being a boy in her childhood, now as he sees her he senses something familiar about the ferocity in her eyes but he is yet to guess that she is, in reality, his childhood partner in crime.
They're both robbing the rich blind!
Both these people are wonderful characters with the best intentions at heart. They have both been through a lot because of their time living on the streets, more so for Jack, but because of this they understand and willing to do anything to protect any other kids from going through the same thing. I loved watching Olivia take care of those orphans no matter how dire her own situation gets. They live by a code of loyalty and love that is absolutely endearing. Watching Olivia stand her ground and make her own and face of so many harrowing circumstances is wonderful. Watching them realise that they have always loved each other, in one way or the other is an ecstatic moment filled with joy.
The story moves forward wonderfully and I wouldn't change anything about it. This book was one of my more anticipated releases of the year and it did not let me down. Right now it only has 261 ratings which I am very shocked about, to anyone who is thinking about reading this book I urge you to try it out the book is very entertaining and it doesn't take a lot of time to get into.
They story of Olivia Twist is an amazing re-imagination of the original classic. I was swept up in this exciting historical fiction novel and I encourage you to read it if you haven't already.
Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.
Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.
Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.