Three cheers for a new book review!
If you’re keeping count (and don’t worry if you’re not, because I am!), I’ve now finished six books in my 2017 reading challenge. According to Goodreads, I’m slightly ahead of where I should be, so woot woot!
Set in 1950s London, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets centers around Penelope, her family and friends. After her father dies in World War II, Penelope’s family is left to try and maintain their large family home, which has fallen into disrepair. In a chance meeting with Charlotte, Penelope is quickly swept into London’s highest social circles. She is introduced to a wide range of interesting characters through her new-found friend and begins to want nothing more than to fall in love and marry a man of wealth to save her home and solidify her family’s future.
I thought this book was good. I wasn’t over-the-top in love with it, but it was a solid book that provided vivid detail into life in post-war London. The characters were likable and believable and I loved how they immersed me into the London society life (which has always been intriguing to me). I also enjoyed the mentions of famous musicians and how they played into Penelope and her family’s life. The theme of “lost love” featured prominently and it was interesting to see how each character dealt with it and how it shaped their actions and, ultimately, their future. This wasn’t a book where there was a huge climax that you could see coming, but it was just all smooth and enjoyable from start to finish.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
You can also find me on Goodreads!
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