Camellia Paperback – 7 Apr 1997
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When I finished Camellia I felt like I had lost a friend. I'd love to read more on her and see how her life turned out - I know it is only fiction but I am hooked!
Only one thing though... I have also got the book Ellie that I purchased at the same time as Camellia. I read Camellia first and now I have started Ellie, I feel like I know all about her from the final chapters of Camellia. Should I have read Ellie first? I think so... Any comments on this? Thank you.
As always Lesley doesn't fail to bring her books to life, her attention to detail regarding the time period she writes is incredible. You could almost smell the grease of the little back street cafe, the smell of smoke and the noise in the packed out clubs. You could also get an impression of what London looked and sounded like in the mid to late 60's and 70's.
I felt there was unfinished business with some of the characters, for example Raymond and the inheritance that was left by his mother. What happened to Edward, these are things I would have liked to know...but, I don't think there is enough to make a follow up book to answers these and other questions.
It was a decent read, but its one I could put down and not read again, which is unusual for me and any Lesley Pearse book.
I was engrossed from page 1! I am just over halfway through and I am still fascinated the way that Lesley Pearse creates twists and turns for Camellia that are so unexpected.
I Love it.
However, only just found out that reading the novel "Ellie" first is always helpful.
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A very engaging story once I got into it I found it hard to put down also I found it very sensitively written on the whole a great storyPublished 4 months ago by barbara king
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Couldn't put it down wonderful writing. Cannot wait to start my next book by her. You cannot help feeling as though you are part of the story.Published 4 months ago by marjorie lees