Overall: 89/100 or B
Essie can tell from the moment she lays eyes on Harriet Abbott: this is a woman who has taken a wrong turn in life. Why else would an educated, well-dressed, clearly upper-crust girl end up in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory setting sleeves for six dollars a day? But Harriet isn't the only one who is lost. Essie wanders between the opposing emotions of her love for the young would-be lawyer who lives next door and her hatred for her mother who seems determined to take away every bit of happiness that Essie hopes to find. As the unlikely friendship between Essie and Harriet grows, so does the weight of the question hanging between them: Who is lost? And who will be found?
I found Essie to be an interesting character. I loved how she cared for Zelda and also her belief in people. Zelda made me laugh and was a humor to this book, through flashbacks and the emotions broke my heart at times. I also enjoyed Harriet's discovery in the reality of life and also the fact that she was based on Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold and her disappearance that happen around that time. The plot was very rich with colorful memories and historical facts. I enjoyed the atmosphere that was created in the setting and also the colorful characters in a time that people were starving every second. I loved the inclusion of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and the event that later happened. I also found the book to be very original with the twist and turns of the plot. Davies weaves an amazing book that will grab the attentions of readers. I would highly suggest this book to the fans of A Northern Light and other historical fiction books in the Young Adult genre.