The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Book - 2006
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Struggling to preserve her family's crumbling estate as well as their accustomed lifestyle, Penelope of 1950s London endeavors to fall in love, participates in a plot with her best friend's brother, and finds herself falling for a wealthy American movie producer. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
This story is about what happened to me after I met Charlotte, and what happens when you say yes to everything, and how awkward it is when everyone falls in love with the wrong people.
It all started on a perfectly ordinary afternoon in November. Charlotte invited me home to tea with Aunt Clare and Harry, and from that moment on, everything changed. At first I don't think I knew it - after all, when I went to bed that night I was still living with my mother and brother in perpetual chaos in a crumbling estate we couldn't afford to keep, Magna - but the next day, I began to realize that for the first time ever, I had my own life.
You see, meeting Charlotte made everything possible. Even being kissed by Johnnie Ray and hanging out with a movie producer named Rocky and believing my brother Inigo could be the next Elvis Presley. And missing people before they've even gone.
This story is what happened when we war babies grew up and needed answers. When we got them, they weren't what we expected at all.

Baker
& Taylor

Struggling to preserve her family's crumbling estate as well as their lifestyle in 1950s London, Penelope endeavors to fall in love, participates in a plot with her best friend's brother, and finds herself falling for a wealthy American movie producer.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2006.
ISBN: 9780525949312
0525949313
9780452288096
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 24 cm.

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blolo
Nov 28, 2012

The first 20 pages of this book are so terrible that I would have stopped reading (it all felt too quirky and like it was trying too hard), had I not checked on GoodReads and read many reviews that assured me the book would get better. Luckily, it did.

It was a nice little slice of life, coming of age story. Albeit, one without a real central conflict. It relies on funny banter to keep the reader engaged, rather than a rivetting plot, which is fine, except the funny banter could have been stronger. It was an interesting period to read about and the author did a good job in relating the teenage enthusiasm for music and changing times to the reader. The main character's relationship with her mother was interesting and well crafted.

This book could have been better, but it wasn't bad.

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EmilyEm
Jun 22, 2012

Penelope Wallace has just come of age in 1950s England. We?ll watch her in a year when she casts aside caution and accepts an invitation to tea from complete stranger Charlotte at her Aunt Clare?s.

From the enigmatic Harry to the worldly Rocky Dakota, from her too-young-to-be-a-widow mother and the crumbling stately home, from the obsession with a singer named Johnnie Ray to her brother?s new love of grittier rocker Elvis, Rice?s debut just draws you into its story of secrets and makes you laugh at Penelope?s triumphs and tribulations in the search for the love of her life. No wonder it?s been a great favorite. I was reminded a lot of a recent favorite: Amor Towles? Rules of Civility.

dntblnk Sep 02, 2009

light hearted book on a bygone era. witty and funny.

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Mar 28, 2012

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