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.  

   Books for AnglophilesThe 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.  

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