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    Interesting & enjoyable

    The main setting for this book is a run-down theatre and set in the time period it is, I found it intriguing.
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    Favourite book

    I loved this book, and the author's sense of humour and style of writing is amazing. Exactly what I was looking for, I read it while on holiday by the beach.
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    Nothing short of brilliant

    Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. A sweeping saga that is so, so readable. Characters that drip with personality and dimension. Gilbert is an incredible storyteller - her prose never feels stiff or dusty, or like she’s trying too hard. It reads more like a movie in the hands of a master director. A must read.
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    Amazing read

    Captivating read. I can imagine this also being made into a movie.
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    Not Quite What I Expected!

    I have to admit I struggled with this one; it has it's moments but for the most part it was a bit of a slog. Vivian arrives in New York to live with her Aunt Peg, but it's not the life that a genteel young lady is used to. Given free rein, Vivian and her friend Celia become wild young things, filling their time with nothing but fun once the work of the day is over . . . I couldn't wait to get started reading this one; the blurb really attracted me and I was sure it was my kind of book. In a way, it was - but I found the style of writing not to be to my taste. For a start, the whole story is told by way of a letter and this is the longest letter I've ever come across. There are some really exciting moments but, whilst I am no prude, I found a lot of it to be rather sleazy. The bit I adored more than anything was all the sewing details and Vivian's skill and thirst for learning more about this. There was a few other bits which brightened up the story for me but, for the most part I had to make myself keep reading and it was a relief to reach the final page. Overall - after considerable thought - I have given this one 2.5*. However, I am sure that others will love it .. we all have different tastes after all!
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