She Rises

She Rises

A Novel

Book - 2013 | First U.S. edition
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It is 1740 and Louise Fletcher, a young dairy maid on an Essex farm, has been warned of the lure of the sea for as long as she can remember. But when she is offered work in the bustling naval port of Harwich, as a lady's maid to a wealthy captain's daughter, she leaps at the chance to see more of the world. There she meets Rebecca, her haughty young mistress, who is unlike anyone Louise has encountered before. Intertwined with her story is fifteen-year-old Luke's. He is drinking in a Harwich tavern when it is raided by Her Majesty's Navy. Unable to escape, Luke is beaten and press ganged and sent to sea on board the warship Essex. 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 below decks.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620400975
Branch Call Number: F WORSL-K
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 22 cm


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May 18, 2019

Alcona Harrisville

Jan 17, 2015

Too much explicit lesbian sex.

Nov 24, 2014

Such a beautiful cover! And historical fiction featuring boats and queer people? I'm all over that sort of book. That being said: the first half of this book bored me, and i almost gave up on it. eventually it got more interesting, and i read the last 120 pages in a few hours, all aflutter. the ending is the bittersweet kind that lingers with you

Feb 01, 2014

This book was very different than I thought it would be: more modern and provoking than a sea story or a rags-to-riches narrative. The "twist" came to me well before it occurred in the book, but that did not diminish the skill of the writing. I love the ending when the future trajectory of the story is both obvious and obscure. I will read more of this writer's work when/if it comes.

Jul 23, 2013

Ugh. Not at all what I thought it would be, and not really in a good way. The writing started off really well, but eventually it started to deteriorate, along with the quality of the whole storyline. I really don't have any interest in the whole "maid with humble beginnings fawns over snotty, spoiled brat of a mistress" thing. Just a silly historical soap opera, with a plot twist that was pretty easy to predict at less than 100 pages in.

May 12, 2013

Great twist I did not see coming. Great descriptions of the navy and 18th century life. Well worth a read.


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