Friday, December 4, 2009


Pages: 380
Date: 04/12/2009
Grade: 4-
Details: no. 1 The Granville Family
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This really was a bit of fluff, but quite enjoyable fluff. It also reminded me a bit of the "Cazalet Chronicles" by Elizabeth Jane Howard, although I seem to remember the Howard series as having a bit more depth and character development than this book.
The story in this book starts in 1935 when Rosie and Juliet Granville, the eldest two of five Granville daughters, are getting ready to make their debut.
Only a year apart in age, both girls are beautiful as well as members of a very wealthy family. A life long rivalry between the two girls gets even deeper once they enter society. And the pressure from their mother for them to make good marriages does nothing to ease the situation.
The girls attract attention from the start, but before long they find they are also facing heartbreak, scandal and unhappy marriages.
Meanwhile the world is gearing up for a war, and by the end of the book the start of WW II seems to guarantee that life will never be the same for any of the Granville's.
I liked this book enough to want to read the next two, provided I can find them in a library.

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