19 Jan 2008 – from Beckydore for my birthday

I’d expressed an interest in reading this because a few people I knew had done so and enjoyed it.

A competent and decently-written flashback novel, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read Remains of the Day and The Mitford Girls and seen Gosford Park. to be fair, the author cites these, and more, in her acknowlegements. She makes good use of the material, but I found some of it a little ham-fisted in places. I also guessed the twists and mysteries very early on, although perhaps one is supposed to and feel clever. Either that, or I’ve just read too many books!

Not for a re-read, so registering.