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This review is from: The Opposite of Falling (Paperback)
Having read Jennie Rooney's "Inside the Whale", I was keen to read her latest novel.
This is a charming story about very vivid and likeable characters during the 1860s. Ursula is an early "women's lib" feminist and believes there is more to life than the stove and darning socks has to offer. She is one of the first to take a Thomas Cook excursion and is bitten by the travel bug. We are also introduced to Sally, an orphan, who is raised in a convent home/school. Her late Mother's employer becomes her benefactor and believes that Sally is destined for a more interesting life than teaching at the convent has to offer. He suggests her to Ursula as a travelling companion and she accompanies her to Niagara Falls with the aforementioned Thomas Cook.
Interwoven in to the story is Toby O'Hara who has inherited his Father's obession with flight. His tale is a sad one and he also finds himself in America, at the Falls, where he meets up with Ursula and Sally when they venture on one of his tethered balloon trips. Not an altogether roaring success for one of them at least!
I highly recommend this book. It is a little slow to get started, but once the story grips you...you won't be able to put it down.