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The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
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29 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2006
Predictable and full of anachronisms, I was extremely disappointed by this book which has received great reviews to date - who are these people?
The characters were wooden and the plot was slow and predictable. Maybe it was meant to be part of its charm but I don't think that it is just me that finds it irritating to hear of characters who are so hard up that they are down to their last pair of Dior shoes or bottle of champagne.I only finished it because it was the book choice at our book club.
It might suit as a holiday read to put in your suitcase but leave it behind when you come home, you won't want to read it again.
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8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2006
This book disappointed me. A great first page, and the first few chapters were enjoyable enough too. But then it really began to drag. It is quite nicely written, but the plot was too thin, and the characters not sufficiently compelling, to sustain my interest for the length of the book. It desperately needed editing down, I skim-read the middle section. I won't be lending it to any friends, it is destined for the charity shop.
For a quirky coming-of-age story dripping in period charm, read instead the book which this seems to be a tribute to - Dodie Smith's peerless 'I Capture the Castle'.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the first Eva Rice novel i have read and I could not put this book down, I read and read until me eyes fell. I was so sad when i reached the end of the book, i really wanted the story to keep going so i could read what Penelope and Harry got up to in the years after they finally fell in love.

What i would give to be a teenage in the 1950's after reading this book, their life styles and obsessions for pop stars. I wanted to jump into the book and go and see Johnny Ray play live at the palladium with the girls.

I would recommend this book without a doubt. happy reading!!!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2006
What a refreshing read, the lost art of keeping secrets is so utterly engrossing yet light and fresh. It's such a relief to pick something up that can be so romantic and enthralling without having sex in it! it's nice for a change that sex isn't the overall aim for the potential lovers in this book. I loved characters, esspecially Harry, it's a lovely story that keeps you hooked all the way through. I thought the story of Magna's history and it's final destiny was so well written. This was a wonderful, WONDERFUL book... please read it, you're seriously missing out if you don't.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2006
I speed through this book within a couple of days because it is an instant page-turner. An excellent an interesting read for anyone person interest in a commin-of-age movement.
Sweet, romantic and well paced.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2006
I did read this book from cover to cover but it wasn't what i expected at all! Its quite slow to start and I found it slightly predictable in places. Not as good as previous two eva rice novels but had to appreciate her attention to detail as it really had the era perfectly portrated.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2012
was not a good story and didnt buy any more books and will not be buying any more from this author
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2006
This book was recommended to me by a friend.Not being something I would normally look at I was suprised at how much I loved it.
This book was constantly attached to my hand until I finished it ,it's one of those books when you want to find out the ending but you really don't want to finish it.
The characters are all very unique and memorable and you can relate to the heroine.
Things happen which are suprising and were not excpected.
In all a very charming tale giving you an insight in to the 1950's era yet it felt very modern somehow.
Harry who is one of the males in the book is my favourite charcter by far mainly for ebing such a mystreious charcter I can guarantee you'll love him.
The only negative point is the fact that pretty much everyone is stunning andglamourous you feel slightly inadequate and they're all prancing around in their Dior dresses.Definitly in my fave book list from now on though.
I'm going to read all of her other books now and if one of them is even half as good as this was i'll be happy 10/10
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2007
I really wanted to enjoy this book as the majority of the reviews are very positive however I sadly found the book really boring. The characters were "nice" with very few complications and the relationships straight forward but I didn't find the story to have any umph and I certainly didn't find it gripping or a "couldn't put down book". Sorry
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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2006
It was terrible. I cannot understand how this book became a Richard and Judy read.

The characters were dire, and their names even worse. The settings were poorly described although you did get the sense of a barnlike existence. Reading this book under a duvet in the midst of winter makes you feel even colder although it did heat up towards the end!

As for the romantic relationships between the characters, well I think the author should leave it to the Mills and Boon writers. They do a far better job!

A hotchpotch of characters and situations. Good food writing though at the Auntie's house with nice cakes and scones. I'll never eat duck again.

Best thing about the book, was the cover.
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