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The Sensational Tropical Classic!
on 15 May 2013
A great read, truly. Although I had read 'Lace' (Conran's 1984 novel, made in to a terrific miniseries) many years ago, my sole reason for purchase of this book was the amazing cover - seriously, who wouldn't want to read a book whose cover has a melting stiletto on! (well done the designer who created this quality cover image).
Although the initial pages were slightly muddling (in fact I missed many references which crop up later in the story, so read the prologue and early chapters carefully) the story soon picks up pace, maintains drama and is, honestly, in every sense of the word, a page turner. For a book of well over 600 pages (about 300 pages more than the usual books I read), I just couldn't put it down. The story whips along and the characters are engaging (even the short-lived men, as well as the women).
Ok, ok, there are portions when you need to suspend your disbelief and allow the author some rope (seriously, these women are tough ol' broads and settle in to jungle life far too quickly to be believed) but that's not a criticism of the well written text and planned storytelling.
I'm off to read the latest Shirley Conran re-issue now ('The Revenge' - looks fabulous!) but couldn't do that before I encourage y'all to read this one (and 'Lace' of course) too.
Enjoy this sensational tropical classic!