The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets Author:Eva Rice Eva Rice, daughter of the famed lyricist Tim Rice, has written a captivating and wonderfully stylized novel about a group of friends in postwar Londons glamorous and daring young society. With mannered prose dripping in the charm of 1950s London, TheLost Art of Keeping Secrets centers around Penelope, the wide-eyed daught... more »er of a legendary beauty, Talitha, who is unable to move beyond the loss of her charmed husband to the war. Penelope, with her mother and brother, struggles to maintain their vast and crumbling ancestral homeand the lifestyle to which they have grown accustomedwhile postwar London spins toward the next decades cultural revolution. Penelope wants nothing more than to fall in love. When her new best friend, Charlotte, a free spirit in the young society set, drags Penelope into vibrant young London with all of its grand parties, she sets in motion great change for them all. Charlottes mysterious and attractive brother Harry plots to use Penelope to make his American ex-girlfriend jealous, with unforeseen consequences, until a dashing, wealthy American movie producer arrives with what might be the key to Penelopesand her familysfuture happiness. Vibrant, witty, and filled with vivid historical detail, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is an utterly unique debut novel about a time and place just slipping into history.« less
I really loved this book... Relationships were developed and uncovered, keeping me hooked... the characters were so full of life! This takes place in post WWII England. The differences between the older people who lived through the war and the younger generation who don't fully grasp the sacrifices people made, come together. Either you will see alot of yourself in Penelope or in Charlotte.
I won't be posting this book because I know I will want to read it again!!!
I am not sure why but I could not get into the book. I found the dialog dragged on and I could not stay focused. I just found it rather dull and found my mind wandering. Maybe someday I will give it another try. I usually don't have this problem with British historical literature and it really bothers me.
I read through this book in two days time. It was so well written that I felt like I would have loved to live in London then, be friends with Charlotte, Penelope, Harry and Inigo and have tea with Aunt Clare. At some times I felt that Penelope was acting so silly but then when I looked back at myself at 17 or 18 and the crushes I had I realized why I cared so much for her and what happened to her family and friends. I cared so much because she was SUCH a real character.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book, the era, and the characters. Going to your first fancy party, having your first drink, concerts and crushes, it all takes me back. The older characters were fun too. The one thing that bothered me was there seemed to be plot discrepancies. I won't go into all the ones I found but one was where her brother went back to school and then all of a sudden he was still there. Did no one else find any of these?
I really enjoyed this book -- an easy read with well-drawn characters and a setting so well described that it was easy to envision everything that was taking place. A teenage English girl grows up in a large country manor and struggles with the loss of her father, as well as typical teenage issues -- love, parents, what to wear, adolescent crushes -- before finally learning what she really values in life, all while the events of the 1950s take place around her. The story feels light and the main characters are easy to love. Highly recommended.
A return to a different age. Anyone who loves both the decrepit and the grandeur that combines in the old world genteel England where it is always time for tea will love this book. Beautifully written with an unforgettable back drop.