Review: Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

on Mar 12, 2018
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.


5 out of 5 Stars


After reading Gilt Hollow (also by this author) I was an instant fan of hers! So ever since I heard about this book I have been anxiously waiting its release.

I absolutely loved this story!

The book begins with a prologue which nicely welcomes us to Langdon's creative take on Oliver Twist. I liked the way she set up the main character: Olivia. Olivia is a sweet, strong, compassionate young woman. Even though this is a historical novel I strongly related to her struggle between what she feels is expected of her and what she wants to do. I like that she doesn't just rush into things, she is smart and thinks about her decisions beforehand. Many readers will be able to relate to her longing to be in love.

Jack is a handsome rogue and I honestly believe its impossible not to like him. Jack is a bad boy with a good heart. He cares so much for Olivia, and for the orphans of the streets. In the beginning he's quite against caring romantically for someone but he soon realizes how much Olivia means to him. Olivia and Jack are so perfect together!

There were really only two things that I wasn't a big fan of.
1. The author skips over several important scenes. Ex: Olivia confronts her Uncle about her half-brother. The reader is never actually "shown" this scene. We learn about it after the fact when Olivia briefly thinks about it.
2. I felt that Monks was an underdeveloped character. He was a one note villain, he seemed to be bad just for the sake of being bad. Not a big deal but odd.

Overall I completely loved this novel! The author perfectly nails the YA genre for me personally. I loved the characters and the setting, and that the novel was appropriately young adult. Now I need to go read the Doon series! 


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