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review 2020-01-05 18:52
Vain Shadow
Vain Shadow - Jane Hervey

The premise for this book is a simple one: the patriarch of a rich family dies and his children gather on the country estate to deal with the aftermath of the fathers death.

 

The book is told in four chapters, each chapter spanning over a day leading up to the burial. Within the chapters we jump between the characters and get a glimpse of their inner thoughts and their lives. And Jane Hervey really does a good job in giving each of her characters a distinct voice and personality.

 

However, this book is supposed to be comedic and unfortunately, I didn´t find it funny at all. So this book didn´t quite hit the mark for me in that respect and the story wasn´t a suprising one. So in the end, this was an okay read for me.

 

 

 

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text 2019-12-31 15:45
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 234 pages.
Vain Shadow - Jane Hervey

I have treated myself to another bookish Christmas present, a year-long Persephone book subscription. So for the next twelve months, I´m getting a wonderful Persephone book in the mail every month. 

 

The first book I received is "Vain Shadow", a book BrokenTune has brought to my attention and which I liked the sound of. And it is off to a good start. Right from the get go (and after the death of the patriarch of the family) tensions are rising between the family members. 

 

 

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review 2017-04-05 18:37
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - Winifred Watson

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is the perfect book when you are feeling down and you just need something light, fun and charming to read. Even though this book hasn´t the most intricate plot, it kept me entertained for at least a few hours.

I have to admit, I could have done without the few racist comments and the message that a woman needs a man in her life to survive in the world. But since this book is written in the late 1930s and the book has a dated feel about it, I haven´t been too annoyed by it.

 

 

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text 2017-04-03 18:50
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 234 pages.
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - Winifred Watson

Life hasn´t been too good in the last couple of weeks, so I´m in desperate need of a light and fun read.

 

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day definitely fits this bill. Miss Pettigrew is simply endearing and Dylesia Lafosse´s naivety is charming. And I cannot wait to meet Michael. Miss Pettigrews first judgement of his character is a devastating one and she doesn´t even know him yet.

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