Good morning my loves!
Today is a pretty darn exciting post. It’s my stop on the blog tour today for the wonderful The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby!
Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her.
Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora…?
Now if you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Twitter for a little while, then you’ll know that over the last 12-18 months I’ve really been enjoying historical fiction and so when an email popped up in my inbox with an invitation to join this blog tour I jumped at the chance to join.
Set in the dark, gritty and gothic Victorian Birmingham, the setting of this wonderful debut was so immersive from the very beginning, you could almost smell the stench of the gaol in which Cora finds herself. Be aware, this novel does not shy away from the difficult topics that women faced in the late 1800’s; including issues such as mental health, self-harm, the nature versus nurture debate, violence and crime.
Spread across several timelines, we have the opportunity in this book to explore the live on Cora Burns, a fully formed and incredibly well developed character that had me gripped from the very first page. Clever and feisty, Cora attempts to navigate her life, pushing down images of a violent crime she thinks she may have committed.
I don’t really want to go into it much further because I think this is one you need to sit down, and devour for yourselves. Take you time with it, don’t rush, honestly it’s worth it.
Massive thank you to Anne Carter and No Exit Press for organising yet another wonderful tour, and for sending me an advanced copy of this extraordinary debut. 5/5 stars, without a shadow of a doubt!
Peace and pages