Book review: Nadine Galinsky Feldman, The Factory Girl and the Fey

The Factory Girl and the Fey
by Nadine Galinsky Feldman

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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Review

In these, shall we say ‘challenging’ times, we all need a bit of escapism, don’t we? And I found just that in this gorgeous tale. We first meet Jane as the Fey folk try to snatch her as an infant, and learn that for whatever reason, she’s an important person to the wee folk who inhabit the natural world that Jane grows up to love so much. Despite a royal heritage for the Fey, all Jane actually wants is her own independence, to become a weaver, and live a life of her choosing. Life is never that straightforward though, is it… Moving to a new town, Jane finds friends, although even that comes with its challenges, when her intentions to help a friend in trouble backfire.

Throughout the book, I was transported to Scotland’s mills, not a topic or era I’ve read much about before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The descriptions are fantastic, really drawing you in, and I liked Jane immediately, completely understanding her dilemmas as she tried to navigate this dual life she finds herself leading.

Highly recommended to those looking for historical fantasy, grounded in a strong reality, with interesting characters.

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.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, October 14
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

Friday, October 15
Review at Bibliostatic

Monday, October 18
Review at Booking With Janelle

Tuesday, October 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at Books & Benches

Wednesday, October 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, October 21
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, October 25
Review at momma_doc_reads

Tuesday, October 26
Review at Jessica Belmont

Wednesday, October 27
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Thursday, October 28
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Giveaway

Enter to win a paperback copy of The Factory Girl and the Fey by Nadine Galinsky Feldman!

The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on October 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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