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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.
Publisher: London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781447205944
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Harri
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 20 cm.


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Sep 14, 2013

This book was so boring I couldn't even finish it

Mar 15, 2013

It was a not bad book but there were a few things that really annoyed me like the fact that Violet is really a shallow selfish girl and even when you are trying really hard to like her she just ends up being irritating, and also the love interest between her and justin feels really akward and badly explained because there really is no details on how they ended up in love. Also it was really more like an added on element and that sort of ruined it. Another thing that was annoying was the way that Daisy solved the mystery. First of all, its not even really a mystery since it is pretty obvious from the start how things will end up and the story in general is really shallow so it does not feel serious enough but what really ticks me off is that first they are talking about it (the mystery) and then suddenly the are talking about dresses and for about three chapters they do not mention it at all and then suddenly they start talking about it again. It is pretty much that way throughout the whole book so you lose interest in it a quarter of the way through. What disappointed me most though was that I expected it to be better. But what I ended up with was a book about four sisters one of them a shallow idiot only interested in marrying money, a very bad mystery and an even worse love interest that kept going sideways. So, unless you are really bored and have nothing else to do I seriously would not recommend it.

Feb 17, 2013

I don't often write reviews of books on the library's website. But this was one of the more poorly written books I have read in awhile. I realized a few chapters in that the intended audience for this book is teenage girls, but still, the plot was thin, the outcome predictable, and the message of the book even more terrible (the oldest daughter only finds happiness and marries her true love once he has money?!?). Find something else to read.

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