Books for Anglophiles: The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, by Eva Rice.
Put on your hat and gloves before reading this quirky and endearing novel set in fashionable 1950s London, where eighteen-year-old Penelope lives in a crumbling medieval home with her opinionated younger brother Inigo and widowed mother. Penelope befriends sophisticated Charlotte from Kensington; as well as her sweet aunt Penelope and strange brother Harry, who is besotted with the frighteningly seductive Marina Hamilton of Dorset House- a girl “newly rich and seething with youth.”
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets dishes up a deliciously vivid sense of place and time as the girls adventure about London browsing for romance and shoes while uncovering old family secrets. Eva Rice’s secondary characters- such as the rich and vulgar "Katherine Leigh-Jones and Alicia Davidson-Fornby"- are just as well drawn as the main ones; but you’ll end up a bit infatuated with everyone you find here, even those you’re meant to hate. I loved this book.