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Girl in Red Velvet: It all started in the sixties (Charton Minster Book 6) by [James, Margaret]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in Charton Minster (6 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3284 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
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  • Publisher: Choc Lit (23 April 2017)
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  • Language: English
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I have loved all of Margaret James's books iv read, and this one has been yet, another enthralling, compelling, very enjoyable book. The characters feel so real, and the story goes through a lot of years, with ups, downs and twists. I can highly recommend this book, and cannot wait now for Margaret James to bring out her next book.
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What a brilliant read. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, that quick few pages became a happy settling in for the evening. Believable characters, hard choices, mistakes, and regrets, plus wonderful, hair-raising scenes in the four corners of the world. Highly recommended.
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Like all of Margaret's books, this is well writte and, easy to read and I which I enjoyed it very much.
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Enjoyed the Oxford setting and the characters are fun. A quick, easy read. An accomplished writer.
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I was lucky enough to be asked to read and review an ARC of Girl in Red Velvet, Margaret James’ new novel for Choc Lit.
Meeting Harry Gale and Max Farley on her first day in Oxford Lily Denham - christened Red Queen by Max because of the dress she is wearing - soon becomes close friends and drinking buddies with them.  Although similar in height and colouring, the two are poles apart when it comes to personality. While Henry takes his studying seriously, Max always needs to test boundaries and live on the edge.  His womanising and outrageous pranks soon make Lily  realise that although she is attracted to him more than Henry, he would be the worst mistake she could make.  Yes, life with Henry seems a far more stable option.  But in choosing stable, is she selling herself short?  Her personal tutor Minnie Rushman certainly thinks so.
Max loves Lily but never seems to be able to put his feelings into words. When he discovers she has slept with Henry, he knows he can no longer stay and leaves Oxford. Abandoning his degree and finds a new career as a travel writer visiting extreme locations and often putting his life in danger (a sort of nineteen sixties Bear Grylls).  Henry and Lily successfully complete their degrees with Henry joining the civil service and Lily deciding on a career in fashion - using her clever dressmaking skills to become as she puts it ‘the new Biba’.  Living with Henry and concentrating on her career she feels settled, despite Max’s occasional ‘between travel project’ visits which tend to resurrect old feelings. But then a trip to India to source material for a new collection changes everything…
This is a wonderful story, covering three decades and charting Lily, Henry and Max’s lives and the changes that occur because of the choices they make along the way.
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Author Margaret James has such a great writing track record that I could expect nothing less from her except a 5 star book! And she hasn't disappointed with Girl in Red Velvet. Her "writing voice" (if I can say that) is so soothing, even when the plot is taking a surprising turn. And the plot is full of such turns. Take the beginning, for instance, when Lily does a runner at her own wedding, leaving the reader to wonder who she's supposed to be marrying and why doesn't she want to, such a brilliant cliffhanger that keeps the reader guessing for a good part of the book.

Ms James also manages to convey Max's bold, adventurous spirit without resorting to piles of adjectives. His character is amazing, as is feisty Lily's whose journey from a frightened girl on her first day at Oxford to that of a mature, take-no-prisoners, woman is smoothly transitioned. Harry's quieter ways prove a perfect foil. The author has a way with words that evoke images of the story in the reader's mind, and makes the characters real.
If you lived in the sixties, you'll be reminded of life at that time and how undergraduates lived (I'd forgotten all about Wimpeys), and the foreign lands that Max finds himself are so well researched and portrayed.
This is no mere "chic-lit". Ms James takes light literary fiction several steps further and goes deeper (there are three main characters, remember) and produces a story that will keep the reader on his/her toes right to the end.
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The book started slightly out of time but moved along extremely fast to catch up with itself. The telling at the start of the meeting of three young students as they begin their new lives at Oxford sets the scene brilliantly. The book goes on to tell their stories, interlinked and separate until they are forcibly joined at the bittersweet end.
Lily is a genuine and realistic heroine but the heroes are the story. I felt so involved in this story I could have been there living it with them.
I loved how the author gave voices to the three main protagonists in such a honest and believable manner. The romance was, as so oft happens in real life, obvious from the start to the reader but unseen by the participants. A true romance but not at all ‘sloppy’.
The setting in recent past was well created and enjoyable both for those of us who lived through those years and those who wished they had. A most enjoyable, readable and heart wrenching story which I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.
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This had me laughing out loud at the beginning.

The "Red Queen" so very much like me. All worried and health and safety conscious. With the lovely Max climbing up posts and causing havoc on the roads and just in general .... I can happily say I would react like her too 😂

During the university section, I kept having to remind myself that LMH does in fact mean Lady Margarets Hall (and not left hand menu as it is known in my role at work!)

Max and Harry are best friends, at uni together and usually found at the nearest pub selling beer. Then the lovely Lily comes along and is quickly renamed as Red Queen.

We follow the three closely in the story and learn how their lives take different paths. But unbeknown to them... Meeting Lily changes Max and Harry's life forever .... but in very different ways.

I loved following Max on his travels - really liked his character.
Lily and Harry ... a whole different storyline.

I was gripped by both. Each had plenty of moments where I thought of what if questions / scenarios and had so much hope for what might happen next.

Harry for me was a but dull but the Max and Lily storylines .... they made it for me. I felt like I was being transported back to the 60's but also felt like it was happening now as well.

Oh ... and what a car crash!

I shall say no more other than ...if you take the plunge and feel compelled to read this yourself, I truely hope you enjoy what is a lovely book.

Huge thanks to Margaret James and a big thank you to the lovely ladies at Choc Lit for allowing me to read this in return of an honest review. This one is for you Liz x
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