Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
Star rating: ★★★★ ☆ 4/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Olivia grew up an orphan on the streets, pretending to be a boy to protect herself. Now as a young woman she lives with her uncle in upper class circles. When someone from her past shows up Olivia finds her past identity is coming back to find her.
Review: Full disclosure, I’ve never read Oliver Twist, or watched any of the movies– unless you want to count Oliver and Company. So pretty much what I know is “please sir, may I have some more?” Knowing that take my review of a retelling of something I’ve never read with a grain of salt. I really don’t know if this is true to the source or can spot Easter eggs or anything.
So as far as a YA historical romance goes, I thought it was pretty dang enjoyable. I liked Olivia, her story and character development were good. It wasn’t the best I’ve read but I think it had quite a few good qualities that made for a really fun read.
There is a bit of a love triangle within but I feel it was mostly a marriage of convenience for Olivia to consider with her friend. I don’t know how those who read the original will feel about it but I liked that the real love interest is the Dodger. I thought it was a nice touch that he had no idea when they were street kids together that Olivia was actually a girl.
I loved how Olivia couldn’t forget where she came from and that once she was in a better position she tried to help as many other orphan street kids as she could. That comes in handy at the climax which was also cool.
Recommendation: Super fun historical romance, I had a great time reading it and would recommend to my friends that want something fun.