Review #330 The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

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Review #330 The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Sun, 03-24-2013 - 10:49pm

by Eva Rice.

A coming of age story with quirky characters.  I did enjoy the historical references.   I felt the author did well summing everything up at the end.

Book Description

Release date: April 20, 2006

Set in 1950s London,The Lost Art of Keeping Secretscenters around Penelope, the wide- eyed daughter of a legendary beauty, Talitha, who lost her husband to the war. Penelope, with her mother and brother, struggles to maintain their vast and crumbling ancestral home—while postwar London spins toward the next decade’s cultural revolution.

Penelope wants nothing more than to fall in love, and when her new best friend, Charlotte, a free spirit in the young society set, drags Penelope into London with all of its grand parties, she sets in motion great change for them all. Charlotte’s mysterious and attractive brother Harry uses Penelope to make his American ex-girlfriend jealous, with unforeseen consequences, and a dashing, wealthy American movie producer arrives with what might be the key to Penelope’s— and her family’s—future happiness.

Vibrant, witty, and filled with vivid historical detail, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is an utterly unique debut novel about a time and place just slipping into history.

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 8:36pm

Thanks for your review. :)