I am going to be a little sparse the next couple of weeks considering I am moving towns next weekend. I have packing, and cleaning, and moving to do. It is going to be exhausting and I am not looking forward to it (but I know I have to do it). I have to suck it up and stop being a little baby. Just let me getting all my complaining out now lol
Today is a little mini-review on the book Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra. This book was fabulous! And very quick to read and I really really enjoyed it!
Title: Mad Miss Mimic
Author: Sarah Henstra
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Date Published: May 5th, 2015
Page Count: 272
Source: Author Website
“Born into an affluent family, Leo outwardly seems like a typical daughter of English privilege in the 1870s: she lives with her wealthy married sister Christabel, and lacks for neither dresses nor trinkets. But Leo has a crippling speech impediment that makes it difficult for her to speak but curiously allows her to mimic other people’s voices flawlessly. Servants and ladies alike call her “Mad Miss Mimic” behind her back… and watch as she unintentionally scares off every potential suitor. Only the impossibly handsome Mr. Thornfax seems interested in Leo…but why? And does he have a connection to the mysterious Black Glove group that has London in its terrifying grasp? Trapped in a city under siege by terror attacks and gripped by opium fever, where doctors (including her brother-in-law) race to patent an injectable formula, Leo must search for truth in increasingly dangerous situations – but to do so, she must first find her voice.”
I am not going to go into too much detail (I mean this is a mini-review), but this book was so much FUN! If you love stories like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre (but definitely more light-hearted) then you will also enjoy this story! I don’t read historical fiction very often so I was worried that I wouldn’t like this book, but alas, Mad Miss Mimic got a four out of five star rating from me.
I loved that it was set in Victorian London and all the outfits that were described in the book. It definitely made me want to go back and watch some time period movies! I think I might when I get all moved. I am also thinking about watching Downtown Abby. Everyone tells me how good it is. Has anyone seen it? Let me know in the comments!
Of course I fell in love with Leo. This beautiful but timid girl with a lot of spunk (even with her mimicking aliment). I think the fact that she could parrot people was quite intriguing. I thought that Mad Miss Mimic would be great to see on the silver screen. I could see all the pretty costumes now! Very posh and polished. Nothing like a well dressed gent and lady. I have always been fascinated by the Victorian era (just not all the disease and dirtiness of London during that time). This story would stand out among all the others and I think it would do quite well.
If you are looking for a light and fresh read then you should pick up Mad Miss Mimic! I promise you won’t regret it! Just trust me on this one guys. I swear I wouldn’t lie to you…well, for the most part anyways 😉
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
From the author’s site:
“Sarah Henstra is the author of Mad Miss Mimic (Razorbill, 2015), an historical novel for young adults. She is a professor of English literature at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in Gothic Horror, Fairy Tales & Fantasies, Psychoanalysis & Literature, and Creative Writing. She grew up on the wild, wet coast of British Columbia, but now she lives in Toronto, Ontario with her two sons.”
If you would like to purchase Mad Miss Mimic then click here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mad-miss-mimic-sarah-henstra/1123308934?ean=9780143192374.