I do love Jilly's books. This was a wonderful and funny story set in the world of music. I have read it probably twice before but tales about Rupert and Taggie, Hermione, horrible Rannaldini etc never pall.
Despite other reviewers saying that this is the beginning of a downwards curve, I think this had maintained the high standard Jilly Cooper set herself with 'Riders'. After all, one can't expect all of Cooper's books to be set around horses and sex. Sometimes we need a change of scenery but still with plenty of sex.
Abigail Rosen is not my favourite character in the book- maybe it's because she's a bit to knowledgeable of her looks and talent, and slightly vindictive- but if you don't like her in the beginning you will by the end as she loses that arrogance.
It marks the return of some brilliant characters- Rupert and Taggie Campbell-Black, now adopting two children who will come into play hugely in later books, the greatest plonker ever Rannaldinni, his ex-wife Kitty and Lysander Hawkley make brief appearances, aswell as Hermione Harefield and the magnificent Flora, who is the best character in the book.
We also learn more about Marcus Campbell-Black and his extremely irritating mother Helen, who marries Rannaldinni. You will find yourself rooting for Marcus especially in a huge twist later in the book. Flora carries the book in my opinion, with her vivacious personality and beauty which shines through. Not much about Tabitha C-B however, as she comes into play more in Score!.
Also, the wild ochestra come up with some hilarious moments, and the wondeful Viking O'Neil is certainly a character that you feel a mixture of empathy and lust towards. Also, there is the adorable Cherub, who you just want to give a hug.
Brilliant book, perhaps not as good as it predecessors, but just about as good. (:
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