Book Review – OLIVIA TWIST


Olivia Twist is a delightful gender-bent reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. Author Lorie Langdon brilliantly blends historic detail with a sparkling storyline. The characters are utterly endearing. Being a huge fan of Dickens’ work, I was delighted by the way Langdon reinvented the characters of Olivia (Oliver) and Dodger. The Victorian London setting was immersive and charming. The romance was sweet with just the right amount of sexy. There were so many perfectly placed nods to the original story that served as great Easter Eggs for readers who also loved Oliver Twist. I would highly recommend this book to all fans of British historical fiction.

About the Book


unknownOlivia 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.

About the Author


Lorie Langdon is one half of the author team that writes the best-selling DOON series, a young adult reimagining of the musical Brigadoon. A few years ago, she left her corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now she spends her days tucked into her office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.

Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as,, and Lorie’s solo debut, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, released September 27th 2016. GILT HOLLOW was recently named by Redbook Magazine as one of the “Books By Women You Must Read This Fall.”

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3 thoughts on “Book Review – OLIVIA TWIST

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I adore retellings– that said, I don’t read many retellings of Classics. Why? I haven’t read most of them! While there is SO MUCH about Olivia Twist which sounds right up my alley, I haven’t read the original yet. Will I appreciate it still? I just don’t want to miss all the subtle wonderful moments.

    I know you really love Dickens. Did you find subtle nods of the hat to his works all over the place in this book?


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I adore classic retelling sassy well! Fairy tale retelling aren’t really my jam at the moment, but there are some great ones. This one is a fun story in and it’s own right, but I definitely think it’s more fun if you’ve read Oliver Twist. There are a lot of nods to the original, and even the premise means so much more if you’ve read that one. I’m sure watching a film adaptation first would do it too though. 👌


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I assumed as much. That’s pretty standard fare for retellings — classic retellings need more background to really be appreciated than fairy tale retellings. I just need an excuse to dig into Dickens in general! I can’t believe I’ve known you this long and I haven’t read any of his works yet. Oops. 😉


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