- File Size: 2024 KB
- Print Length: 387 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (April 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C54MKQ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The plot gets a little contrived and predictable -- I never appreciate it much when characters seem to show up exactly in the right place at exactly the right time -- but the descriptions of Britannia Mews as it changes from Jack-the-Ripper-esque scary slum to smart neighborhood are very well done. And despite some of the contrivances of the plot, there's a nice amount of irony.
Not sorry I read it! But probably won't remember it this time next year.
Margery Sharp is a treasure.
It seemed to just plod along as if Sharpe just wanted to get it over with- I felt no connection with any of the characters.
Cluny Brown is delightful-read that instead.
But it started to feel disjointed & miandering at midpoint, when the viewpoint moved on to another character, of a younger generation. We never again saw anything from the view of the original character. And there were a few too many coincidences as well.
But I would say it's worth reading; 3 1/2 stars.
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'Alice had in fact influenced her - though not in the direction intended. The commiseration in Alice's first manner (which Adelaide had so quickly removed) was a foretaste of the commiseration which lay in wait at Platt's End and Kensington; and sitting there in the beautifully clean tea-room, out of sight and smell of Britannia Mews, Adelaide felt she could more easily bear life with Henry than life in the family bosom...There was also the fact that on imposing on Alice a totally false picture of her marriage, Adelaide had also, for all practical purposes, imposed it on herself.'
After the first section, and its gripping climax, the story introduces new characters, and meanders on up to the Second World War. I found the book became a lot less interesting as it went on.