Monday 17 September 2012

Book Review: Debutantes By Cora Harrison

Name: Debutantes
Author: Cora Harrison
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Summary: 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

Review: 'Debutantes' is a gorgeous book set in the 1920s.

If I'm honest I am not the girliest of girls but I love the Tudor-eske dresses, and gorgeous hairstyles.
'Debutantes' is the story of four girls sisters in fact. There is Rose- the novelist, Poppy- the jazz musician and Daisy- the film director.
The novel is based in London in the 1920s. I just love reading books that are based on my hometown.
If I am honest I thought this book was going to be aimed at young teens, but I was surprised by the depth of this novel. The 1920s was a beautiful era when girls wore huge dresses and the rich ones were presented to the king, with the hope of marrying his eldest and wealthiest son.
The girls are from a wealthy family, yet they have lost their wealth and are trying to keep up appearances which means it's paramount that Violet marries a rich young man, so in this I really do feel for her as the pressure is on her shoulders.
Violet- wasn't my favourite character I found her very stuck up especially at the beginning of the novel.
The twists and turns were unexpected yet blindingly obvious later on.
There were many OMG moments especially at the end of the novel.
What I really enjoyed was you got to know each sister and I must say Daisy was my favourite by a long shot I just loved reading her parts more, the twists I wasn't ready for and I was left wanting more when I started to read this novel I didn't realise it was a series it could have been a standalone book, but it would obviously leave you wanting more. Which regardless as to whether it's a series or not is what I like in a book, I love to be challenged and 'Debutantes' definitely did that, it's also a rather short read if you have a good day to yourself you could definitely devour this stunning read.
I cannot wait to see what's next for the girls although I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm most anxious to know what happens next for Daisy?

A stunning read that will leave you wanting more?


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