The book I am reviewing today is Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez, this book intrigued me with its synopsis.
Jiddy Vardy is different to everyone in Robin Hood’s bay, with her dark hair eyes and skin. It doesn’t matter she has lived there since she can remember some of the villager will see her as an outsider. Robin Hood’s bay is a community with secrets that they want to keep secret. Jiddy Vardy is clever, brave, very head strong and most important a survivor.
At sixteen Jiddy is finding her place in the community with its clandestine activities, and a friendship they are turning into romances. But when new Captain comes to the village, secrets from her past will come and threaten to tear her world apart. Jiddy must decided where her loyalties truly lie.
I went though several different stages with this book, there were times that I was gripped with the story and other times I wasn’t. I was more gripped in the last third of the book, where I couldn’t put it down.
There is a lot of world building, which make it easier to understand Jiddy’s choices in the end. As the book is set in England in 1779 I had to remember the treatment of people (women) at the time, so I didn’t sidetracked by my feelings on that subject.
Jiddy is such an interesting character to read, she has this great balance of good and bad, although she may break the law she does is for nobel reasons. I loved her relationship between her a Jonas, especially the evolution of the relationship. There is a love triangle between Jonas, Jiddy and another character, I do think she ended up with the right person, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed if she has end up with either of them to be honest.
Robin Hood Bay is a real location in England (before I read the book I had never heard about it), which did dealing with french pirates. It’s an interesting place to google.
This book is a character driven story, and if you love these type of book sent in history with a splash of romance, than I would advise you to pick this book up.
I give this book 3.8 out of 5.
Thank you to Zuntold for sending my a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
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