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A Viennese fancy!,
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This review is from: Madensky Square (Bello) (Kindle Edition)
Picked because I was looking for an easy read and I soon discovered that Eva Ibbotson is a very good writer indeed. It's a view of early 20th century Viennese society that's very sympathetic to the kind of single women who could possibly be described as belonging to the demi-monde. Curiously, I've seen some reviews posted by online book groups deploring the fact that the heroine, a dressmaker, is a rich man's mistress! In fact, she's a resourceful, rather moral individual doing the best she can to survive in a very conventional and unequal society. The story is all the more bittersweet given its setting in pre-First War Vienna.
Please note that there are lots of descriptions of cakes, hence the title I chose for my review.