Welcome to my stop on the #blogtour for The Boy with the Blue Trousers by Carol Jones. Apologies for my belated posting – I was recently struck down by a nasty virus and am only just beginning to feel vaguely human again!
On the goldfields of 19th-century Australia, two very different girls are trying to escape their past.
In the mulberry groves of the Pearl River Delta, eighteen-year-old Little Catcarries a terrible secret. And so, in disguise as a boy in blue trousers, she makes the long and difficult passage to Australia, a faraway land of untold riches where it is said the rivers run with gold.
Violet Hartley has arrived off the boat from England, fleeing scandal back home. Like the Chinese immigrants seeking their fortunes on the goldfields, Violet is seduced by the promise of a new frontier. Then she meets Little Cat, a woman who, like her, is trying to escape her past.
As their fates inextricably, devastatingly entwine, their story becomes one of freedom, violence, love and vengeance, echoing across the landscapes of two great continents.
Firstly, I have to mention the cover of this novel because it is simply stunning! A gorgeous mix of blues and greens and exotic wildlife; it’s quite something!
I jumped at the chance to read and review The Boy in the Blue Trousers purely because the premise sounded so wonderful. Happily I was not disappointed and raced through it in record time.
Jones’ meticulous research shines though in the details of this story; I found myself fully transported to both China and Australia and completely captivated by the decadent descriptions of both landscapes.
An inspiring tale of courage and hope; this was a throughly enjoyable and engrossing read, which will stay with me for some time.
A delightful blend of exquisite writing and a mesmerising story, The Boy in the Blue Trousers is a wonderful piece of historical fiction and I look forward to reading whatever Jones offers up next.
The Boy with the Blue Trousers is out now in paperback and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Lauren Tavella and Head of Zeus for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my gorgeous finished copy of the book. If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).
Until next time!