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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Emma Blair
Publisher & Pages: Michael Joseph Ltd / Sphere Books Ltd / Warner Books / Time Warner Paperbacks, 503 pages
Blurb: For Sarah Hawke, daughter of an impoverished miner, life offered little beyond the grime of Glasgow in the 1890s and the eternal drudgery of back-breaking work. Until a mysterious stranger entered her life. A stranger who turned out to be her real father – and the owner of a vast and prosperous shipping empire…
Catapulted into a world of luxury, of servants and stately homes, Sarah begins a new and glittering life. As sole heiress to a fortune, she has much to gain – and everything to lose. For she takes over the business, and with it the risk and rivalry, deceit and intrigue – and the prospect of undying love…
From Scotland to Paris, from Jamaica to South Africa, Sarah charms – and fights – her way to success against all odds. For she is dealing in a man’s world, whilst the only way to succeed is to be A MOST DETERMINED WOMAN.
Highlight: Sarah Hawke is a strong, independent character, the kind of woman that teenage girls should look up to and aspire to be.
Caution: This book seemed to be plot-less.
Highlight: I didn’t have to think much while reading this book.
Caution: The book carried on far longer than it needed to.
Review: There are some books that stick in your mind long after reading them. I remember the first time I read A Most Determined Woman. I couldn’t stop thinking about it even after I closed the book. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for all the wrong reasons.
Sarah Hawke, an independent young girl who grew up as a miner’s daughter, only to discover that she is really the daughter of an import-export tycoon. It’s a classic rags to riches story and details the end of Sarah’s life in poverty, and her integration into society as a young woman. That’s where the book should have stopped. Unfortunately, this book drags on and on. It seems plotless. In fact, it seems more like an autobiography (in 3rd person) instead.
I’ve rated this book two stars. The only thing that is saving it from being rated one star is the fact that Sarah is the kind of character that every book should have. She is a strong, independent woman who women of all ages need to aspire to be. She is a far better character than certain others I could mention. *cough* Bella Swan *cough*.
Star Rating: 2 Stars
Available in: Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback