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Career Girls
Career Girls
by Louise Bagshawe
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Collins 90's style, 26 Mar 2003
If you want a book that’s racy, true to fashion and inspirationally escapist than this is the book for you. Basically imagine a Jackie Collins novel 90’s style!
Basically the story line is quite familiar to other Louise Bagshawe books but this is the first so definitely the best as it was an original idea. Poor little rich girl (Rowena Gordon) and one from the wrong side of the tracks (Topaz Rossi) meet up at university, both determined on their careers, both determined to succeed. However Rowena steals Topaz’s man away from her, inevitably Topaz finds out and is none too pleased and basically sets out to hurt her in the best way she can – her career.
The story then follows the two women over the space of a decade and mirrors their successes in their respective careers all the while giving juicy details of their sex lives, great fashion descriptions that makes you want to shop and of course Topaz’s revenge attempts.
The good thing about this story is that you find out that you admire and respect both heroines, as they are strong, determined and intelligent women. It’s more likely that you will prefer Topaz (as I did) as she’s much easier to relate to and admire because of her background and how she overcame all her obstacles to get to the top whereas Rowena seems to be reliant on men to get where she is. The aspiration that that you could become as successful as them will pervade throughout the story. Great lifestyle descriptions of New York, London and Oxford that are very true to form. It’s great for reading on the beach or if you want some motivation for your own career. Once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down.
If there are any criticisms with the book it’s the unrealistic rise in each of the heroine’s careers so quickly as if in the space of about 8yrs you can go from office junior to chairwoman of a magazine house! The detailed sex scenes which are hardly realistic and makes you feel unsatisfied with your own sex life and the boring finding the love-of-your life syndrome that seems to happen in the majority of novels aimed at the 20 something woman. But then this is fiction after all!


Fatal Majesty
Fatal Majesty
by Reay Tannahill
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Collins 90's style!, 21 Mar 2003
This review is from: Fatal Majesty (Paperback)
If you want a book that's racy, true to fashion and slightly escapist than this is the book for you.
Basically the storyline is quite familiar to Louise Bagshawes' other novels (especially Tall Poppies) - one rich girl (Rowena Gordon) and one from the wrong side of the tracks (Topaz Rossi) meet up at university, both determined on their careers, both determined to succeed. However Rowena steals Topaz's man away from her, inevitably Topaz finds out and is none too pleased and basically sets out to hurt her in the best way she can - her career.
The story then follows the two women over the space of a decade and mirrors their successes in their respective careers all the while giving juicy tidbits of their sexual lives and recording Topaz's attempts at revenge.
In the first half of the story it would seem that Rowena is the successor, but the story then turns round to Topaz who becomes much more happier in all aspects of her life rather than Rowena who though has a successful career is not having a fairytale love life.
The good thing about this story is that you find out that you will admire and respect both heroines, as they are strong, determined and intelligent women. The thought that that you could become as successful as them will pervade throughout the story. It's great for reading on the beach and once you stop you won't want to put it down. Also the descriptions of their surroundings are so true to form that you can almost imagine being there!
If there are any criticism's with the book it's the unrealistic rise in each of the heroine's careers so quickly and the boring finding the love-of-your life syndrome that seems to happen in the majority of novels aimed at the 20 something woman. But then this is fiction after all!


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