- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Heron Books; UK Airports edition (17 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780878540
- ISBN-13: 978-1780878546
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,488,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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'An absolutely smashing read' Marie Claire. 'Brilliantly written, hugely engaging and full of glorious detail, this book is a must-read' Heat. 'A swoon of a read ... vintage style drips from every page' Elle.
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'I am watching the beautiful people fill the village church for Matilda's wedding. I'm waiting to sing, and don't know it but everything's about to change. Playing the piano at wild parties and the six o'clock club, warm afternoons spent lying around with Digby marvelling at the vocal range of Gene Pitney are all ahead of me. I don't know yet how hard it is to record three pop songs in three hours, or how it feels to stand on the sticky floor of the Marquee, jittering with nerves next to Inigo Wallace. And the strangest thing of all is that I don't know Cherry Merrywell yet, even though I am about to become her...' Tara Jupp - vicar's daughter, singer and occasional thief - is lured to London from Cornwall in the summer of 1962 and finds herself at the start of an extraordinary time. Within hours of her arrival, she is plunged into a brilliant new world of fashion, music and heartache, all in a city where skirts are being hitched up as fast as the past is being pulled down. Can Tara succeed while still holding on to who she really is? The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp is a welcome return for Eva Rice, whose Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is a much loved bestseller.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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One of the things that made Rice's previous novel so appealing was the rich world she created around the main character, with a vibrant supporting cast and a blissful peek at a time and place long since past. 1962 London comes alive in the book though, and Rice paints a beautiful picture of just-out-of-step Tara Jupp crashing her way through that magical time and place. Misinterpretation could be called a quasi-sequel to Keeping Secrets, but just barely. A couple of the best secondary characters from Keeping Secrets make an appearance, but I got the distinct feeling that those who hadn't read the first book would be confused as to why they had to appear in this one at all. There are a few lines throughout this book that actually seem assume you have read Keeping Secrets first...and you know what we say about assuming things...
The Jupp family is largely unimportant to the book, with the exception of eldest sister Lucy and her husband. Frankly there are just too many of them, most of whom don't even receive a full page worth of story or dialogue in the lengthy tome (and it IS lengthy--nearer to 600 pages!). The superfluous characters and occasional typo in the text leads me to believe that it may have gone through a quick-than-usual editing phase, but it doesn't detract too much from the enjoyability of the story.Read more ›
I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the 1960s and can't wait to discover another Eva Rice creation!
Please don't leave it too long, Eva, until your next book ;)
In brief (though the synopsis does a better job), Tara Jupp, a vicar's daughter with an amazing voice, goes from her sleepy village lifestyle to 60s London because the music industries bigwigs believe in her and push for her to be a big star.
My main issue with this book is the unreality of it. And how convenient everything is, getting Tara to London from village life, the contacts she has, the way she's thrust into this new London life around celebrities and everyone worth knowing. Once she leaves the country (and this portion of the story, while slow-moving and slightly dull, still held promise for what I hoped would be the best parts) everything becomes one big mess, with too many people introduced to keep track off, too many self-important people without the heart and likability that I was yearning for, and this includes the protagonist, Tara.
This exchange sums it up my feelings about the unreality of it pretty well:
'I didn't think people actually said that sort of thing in real life,' I said.
'They don't,' said Inigo. 'This isn't real life, and don't you forget it.'
I still think Eva Rice is an incredible writer - despite my overall dislike of this book, her writing was the one thing that prevented my experience from being a complete letdown - this book just fell flat for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eva Rice at her very best. A touching tale so cleverly written in the first person. I loved every minute of it and cannot recommend it enough!Published 2 months ago by JBLNS
I hadn't realised Eva Rice had released another book The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which I adored and have reread so many times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Writergirl
Have to agree about the book being slow and over long. Read the first half but not really engaged me and now I have reached the London bit, Not sure if I can be bothered to plod... Read morePublished 9 months ago by loui
A good read, a bit slow to get started not as good as her last book.Published 11 months ago by mrs m p ricketts
Loved the book! So good and loved that it carried on from Lost Art of Keeping Secrets!Published 12 months ago by Dr N Milosevic-Hutton
Well written, harmless predictable fun. I couldn't put it down until I read the last word.Published 14 months ago by Ms. D. A. E. Walker
Loved this book. It is well written, the characters have depth so we really care about them all. The writing is beautifully evocative of the era in which it is set. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Love Eva Rice work. Not as good as The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets but still very enjoyablePublished 19 months ago by katie j williams
The book started off great, but as soon as Tara went to London, it all changed for me, and I skimmed through the final part having lost all interest. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs B