By Libba Bray
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mom, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is distributed off from the lifestyles she is familiar with in India to Spence, a formal boarding institution in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and vulnerable to visions of the long run that experience an uncomfortable behavior of coming precise, Gemma’s reception there's a cold one. To make issues worse, she’s been through a mysterious younger Indian guy, a guy despatched to monitor her. yet why? what's her future? And what's going to her entanglement with Spence’s strongest girls—and their foray into the non secular world—lead to?
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Extra resources for A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, Book 1)
My father with his twinkling eyes and bushy mustache, his booming laugh when I please him and far-off gaze—as if I don’t exist—when I’ve been less than a lady. I can’t imagine he’ll be terribly happy when he hears how I’ve behaved. Saying nasty things and storming off isn’t the sort of behavior that’s likely to win a girl’s case for going to London. My stomach aches at the thought of it all. What was I thinking? There’s nothing to do but swallow my pride, make my way back and apologize. If I can find my way back.
A cluster of ladies sits perched in the seats above the omnibus, their parasols open to shield them from the elements. A long strip of wood advertising Pears’ soap ingeniously hides their ankles from view, for modesty’s sake. It’s an extraordinary sight and I can’t help wishing we could just keep riding through London’s streets, breathing in the dust of history that I’ve only seen in photographs. Men in dark suits and bowler hats step out of offices, marching confidently home after a day’s work.
There’s one black mark against me already. “But under the circumstances, I feel it our Christian duty to make an exception. ” I say nothing and fix my gaze on the silly little German milkmaid. She’s smiling and rosy-cheeked, most likely on her way back to a small village where her mother is waiting for her and there are no dark shadows lurking. When I don’t respond, Mrs. Nightwing continues. “I understand that custom dictates a mourning period for at least a year. But I find that such persistent reminders are not healthy.