The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a book you can't help taking everywhere with you until you've finished it. In the spirit of Bronte and Dickens, Margot Livesey has created an aptly named, plucky, and bright character in Gemma Hardy. As in any good Dickensian novel, Gemma is orphaned as a child, sent to work early, and unloved by most everyone.(You will want to take her home and give her a meal, a warm bed, and a hug.) Sad though she may seem, you will keep with Gemma until she's reached the full potential you know she is capable of, and deserves, from the very first page. She will not disappoint.