Sunday 12 August 2012

Debutantes by Cora Harrison

For Review: Macmillan
Published: 2 August 2012

From Goodreads: It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.

Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country.

But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans—ruin everything—forever.

I really enjoyed the 1920's setting - Cora Harrison does a great job of bringing it all alive. And I loved the sisters too - their dynamic kind of reminded me of Little Women.

The mystery element to this was really good and I really enjoyed it! While some may work it out before I did, I was surprised at the revelations - I'm very interested to see what happens next and what it means for the sisters. I'm assuming the series will concentrate on a different sister, so I'm looking forward to that.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed the story was written in third person - I much prefer first person so this is probably just a preference on my part - but since this story was still told from Daisy's perspective I just felt that I would have connected that little bit more. But I still got a really good feel for all the different sisters. I loved Daisy, Poppy and Rose (loved her headlines!) were great too, but it took me most of the book to warm to Violet. She came across as too self absorbed for my liking at first. I loved Justin though and was so please at the end!

An enjoyable historical story that will transport you back in time to the 1920's. I'm looking forward to catching up with the four sisters when the next book is released.


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I was disappointed with the third person narration as well, but I still enjoyed it. Glad you did as well :)

Unknown said...

I really need to read this. I'm still working my way through the chunky books. I'm on my third now. The trouble is the first two I read were not great so its been slow progress. This sounds so jazzy.


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