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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - She Rises by Kate Worsley



She RisesAbout She Rises

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (June 18, 2013)

A panoramic historical novel of love, adventure, and identity—with an astonishing twist.
 
It is 1740 and Louise Fletcher, a young maid, has been warned of the lure of the sea for as long as she can remember—after all, it stole away her father and brother. But when she is offered work in the bustling naval port of Harwich serving a wealthy captain’s daughter, she leaps at the chance to see more of the world. There she meets Rebecca, her haughty and fascinating mistress.
 
Intertwined with Louise’s story is that of fifteen-year-old Luke, who is beaten and press ganged, sent to sea against his will on board the warship Essex in the service of His Majesty’s Navy. He must learn fast and choose his friends well if he is to survive the brutal hardships of a sailor’s life and its many dangers, both up high in the rigging and in the dark decks down below.

She Rises brings to vivid life both land and sea in Georgian England, but explores a thoroughly modern and complex love story. Bold, brilliant, and utterly original, She Rises is an accomplished and gripping search for identity and survival.
 
“An immensely enjoyable novel, full of energy, intelligence and delicious turns of phrase.  I can’t wait to see more of her fiction.” —Sarah Waters
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“Richly atmospheric . . . This unusual, seductive period tale of love and transformation creates its own memorable world.” Kirkus
 
 
My Thoughts:
 
For a historical fiction novel, "She Rises" is certainly a different take on the genre.  Author Kate Worsley captures the era and the setting of the sailing community of the mid 1700s with great detail. That part of the book I enjoyed.
 
However, the storyline of this novel is of a VERY adult nature, and readers should be forewarned. I, for one, was taken quite by surprise by the sexual details, explicit and not-so-explicit. 
 
 

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About Kate Worsley

Kate Worsley was born in Preston, Lancashire, and studied English at University College London. She has worked variously as a journalist, a massage practitioner, and spotlight operator, and has a master’s in creative writing (novels) from City University London. She now lives on the Essex coast. She Rises is her first novel.

Kate Worsley’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, June 3rd:  Bookworm Meets Bookworm
Wednesday, June 5th:  Literally Jen
Thursday, June 6th:  Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, June 10th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, June 11th:  Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, June 12th:  Raging Bibliomania
Thursday, June 13th:  West Metro Mommy
Monday, June 17th:  The Book Barista
Tuesday, June 18th:  Read. Write. Discuss
Wednesday, June 19th:  Confessions of an Avid Reader
Thursday, June 20th:  Lit and Life
Monday, June 24th:  Broken Teepee
Tuesday, June 25th:  Let Them Read Books
Thursday, June 27th:  Historical Tapestry/Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Monday, July 1st:  Bookfoolery


My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to the publisher for providing the review copy of the book.

I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being on the tour!