ARC Review: Ours Is Just a Little Sorrow by Gwen Hayes

Source: ebook ARC provided by the author
Release day: October 2nd, 2012.

Book Description:

The colony of New Geneva has risen from the ashes of her dying mother planet, Earth, by rebuilding a society based on a time before everything went horribly, horribly wrong...the Victorian Era...

Violet Merriweather first sets eyes on Colonel Winston when he purchases her at auction from Witherspoon Academy, the orphanage where she’d been raised after her rescue from Earth. Dutifully, as she was taught, Violet pushes away her fear of the monstrous, forbidding Thornfield Abbey, and throws herself into her work as governess to the Colonel’s youngest son.

But the Colonel's elder sons have other ideas.

John and Gideon Winston are as different as night and day, and each wants to claim Violet for his own. John immediately charms her with his intelligence and cordial demeanor, while Gideon, the dark rogue, delights in flustering her at every opportunity, awakening a yearning she doesn't understand and most assuredly does not want. She tries to deny her pull to both men, but an uneasy midnight bargain with one forges a new alliance as she’s dazzled by an underground New Geneva she hadn't known existed. And temptations she cannot resist.

But something is preying on the women of New Geneva, something that threatens to unleash the ghosts of Thornfield and drag them all into hell. And that something wants Violet most of all.

My Thoughts:

I didn't really have much sense of what the book is going to be about. Since the description said "historical voice", I jumped at a chance to get a new read for free. And ended up reading the book in one sitting.

I really liked this book. That I can say with all my honesty. It is not a hard read, meaning that you have to spend time pondering over what is the point behind something in the book, or what did the author mean by it. Essentially, this is a story about a young woman taking place in a family's household to act as the governess to a five-year-old-boy. There is so much more about this story, but I won't bother you with retelling the plot because there would be no point in that.

As I started reading the booking following the main heroine toward the governess job she is to take, her inner pondering really pulled me into her world and the perspective she has of the society she lives in. Even made me wonder how can she think like that, but page by page (or the scroll, if you will), I became quite the sympathizer of the character. Hayes has molded the storyline and its characters into almost living creatures that are represented through twists and turns.

What I am going to tell you is that, if you are looking for romance (gracefully written, but still toes-curling), a story with a sense for both history and future, this is a story for you. Yes, the historical future does kind of sound contradictory, but the author has successfully been able to pull it of. Hayes has an unique style of writing, the sentence is so flowing and just simply beautiful, historic without making it seem pretentious, with a subplot to the original story of romance, internal growing up, and changing all you knew about life. This book has it all. It even weaves into a juncture of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Jack the Ripper story, making it completely unique and its own with a twist of family relations.

The story of this calibre, with its Victorian demeanor, technologically enchanted setting, a story of love, crime and horror, proved to me that I can devour the book if it is written well. The characters and the setting also contribute to this excellency. The story of the time and customs is what gives this book its historical touch because it represents the times of the repression of women, and still there is a completely new underworld society taking place. All these different aspects were combined by Gwen Hayes very successfully making it easy to read this book, reading with an expectancy of what will come next. 

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  1. And it is! Definitelly recommend. And the cover is just pretty to look at. :)

  2. Great review and wonderful blog! I am a new GFC follower:) please check out my site at

  3. Thank you, Andrea! Returning the favour right now. Btw, love your blog layout. :)

  4. What a beautiful cover! Is this steampunk? The story sounds very interesting.

    1. Yes, I think it's gorgeous too! And yes to the second one. Here's the author's clarificiation (


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