I am pleased to welcome Nadine Galinsky Feldman as she tours with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in support of her new book, The Factory Girl and the Fey. I was sent a free copy for my honest opinion.
About The Factory Girl and the Fey:
Publication Date: October 14, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Jane Thorburn straddles two worlds: her life as a “factory girl” in Scotland’s mills, and her birthright as fairy royalty. Abandoned by her parents as an infant, and uncertain about the true motives of the Fey, she learns to depend only on herself. All she wants is to be a great weaver and to maintain her independence.
The Fair Folk, fighting for their very survival, have other plans for her, as does the handsome and charismatic Robert Stein. What life will she choose? And will she even have a choice?
A historical fantasy inspired by the author’s ancestors, The Factory Girl and the Fey is an affectionate tribute to the women who helped fuel Scotland’s Industrial Age, from the workers to the poets…and to the Fey who remind us that magic is real when we believe in it.
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About the Author
Nadine Galinsky Feldman is an author of women’s and historical fiction. Her novel What She Knew was a finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book awards. The Foreign Language of Friends was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Chick Lit category. It was also named a Gold Medal Winner, Women’s Issues, in the 2011 eLit Book Awards.
As an editor, Nadine produced Patchwork and Ornament: A Woman’s Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman, which won the 2010 Indie Excellence Award for Best Memoir.
Her first book, When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope, provided grief support to an underserved population.
When not working on her many writing projects, Nadine loves traveling, gardening, genealogy, and yoga. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York state.
My Opinion of The Factory Girl and The Fey:
Jane is a young woman who never quite felt like she belonged. She is working in a factory – I am sure you are not shocked by that! – but is also part of a long line of Faery folk. This has left her with lots of confusion in her life but it has also in some ways been her strength.
This is a book set in a world obviously devoid of fantasy. I mean how many factories have you gone into and felt like you could dream big? Not to mention the time period it is in which is the 19th century which wasn’t exactly an enlightened time for women in the workplace – or any workplace environment for that matter. This opens up the reader to finding the magic of Jane’s life.
Jane is a delightful character albeit not completely developed. I enjoyed following her as she came into her own and tried to forge a life with her Robbie. This was a perfect book for me to read as we drove across the country from Montana to Vermont as it pulled me into the fantasy but didn’t make me have to think to hard. Rather I just had to enjoy the world created by the author as the miles sped by. I thank Ms. Feldman for the diverting read.
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