Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on OLIVIA TWIST by Lorie Langdon


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon.  I read and loved most of Charles Dickens’ novels when I was in high school and college, and Oliver Twist has always stood out as a sentimental favorite.  I’m intrigued by the idea of a re-imagining of this classic tale with a female in the starring role.  I also catch a hint of a possible hate-to-love trope, which as those who read my post yesterday know, I’m a huge fan of.


OLIVIA TWIST by Lorie Langdon

Publication Date:   March 6, 2018



From Goodreads:

Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

36 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I am really interested in this title too. Oliver Twist is a favorite of mine, and I am always up for a re-telling. The gender switch has me interested too.

  2. Kay
    Kay says:

    I saw this one on another blog recently and thought it looked like a good one! I’m loving these new themes of ‘old’ characters tweaked a bit. Enjoy!

  3. Bogdana
    Bogdana says:

    I’ve been seeing this around for a couple of weeks and I’ve added it to my TBR. I loved Oliver Twist and the gender swap retelling sounds fascinating. Hope we’ll both enjoy it! Great pick this week!

    My CWW

  4. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks
    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    Wow, this is interesting! I have never been a fan of Dickens (and I mean I have tried, I’ve read maybe 3 books by him but hated every. single. one :D), but this reimagining of the story sounds like a cool idea 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oliver Twist is probably one of the better Dickens’ novels. It makes me just as emotional as some of the others, but it’s a lot shorter book, which is nice since his can be such bricks. The female lead has me curious as well.

  5. Verushka
    Verushka says:

    😍 now this is a Dickens take I could get behind! I’ve read his books early on, but was never a big fan. Love the puck, Suzanna!!

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