About Viola Doyle
Riding her bicycle at a speed no proper young woman would attempt, letting her hair fly free, conversing with statues of long-dead heroines—these are all par for the course for Viola Doyle, much to her mother’s chagrin.
Keeping her newfound magical pin safe from those who would use it to unsavory ends and dealing with a handsome young historian takes quite a bit more effort.
And then, of course, there is the dragon.
To save herself and those she loves, it is up to Viola to become her own heroine, or suffer a terrible fate…
Reviews for Viola Doyle
The plucky Viola is entertaining throughout, as well as a decent role model for girls and young women. She is as self aware as possible, sweet, polite (most of the time), and unwilling to be dismissed simply because of her gender. She is also loyal, and willing to own up to her mistakes. In short, Miss Viola Doyle is a very good example for other young ladies, and comes in an entertaining package. Plus, with the way this story ends I doubt we've seen the last if the indomitable Viola Doyle or her love interest, Mikhail Robins.
Viola Doyle or an Unconventional Gift was an entertaining little jewel... like the pin! This book has a beautiful cover, the colours, and characters here are very eye-catching. The same goes for each section break, where the mysterious pin is ever present.Each word of this standalone story are so very carefully selected to take you into an adventure with Viola, a seventeen year old girl who lives in a different fictional time in a sort of Victorian English setting, but ruled by Queen Olivia. Where propriety is the norm and women's roles are distinctively different from men. High social expectations [...]
The only thing keeping this from five stars is lack of dragon and suspense. The author tries to put of mystery in, but I just guessed a lot of stuff early on and was right at the end. Sometimes it’s fun, but then the story just loses something. And you can never go wrong with more dragons. I enjoyed this book to bits and hope it has sequels or even just a tie in here or there. I want more of Viola Doyle. She is such a wonderful character.
Viola comes into possession of a mysterious pin (or rather, the pin chooses her), and in finding out the history of the pin, life is going to change for Viola.In a way, this could have been a cliched book. I mean, unconventional protagonist, chafing at the constraints of society, finds a mysterious and possibly magical object and falls in love along the way. But, what this book did right was to have likable protagonists that could carry the story.Of course, one of the protagonists would be the titular Viola, who doesn't want to be a lady. I enjoyed reading about [...]