Review: ‘Debutantes’ by Cora Harrison

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Review: ‘Debutantes’ by Cora HarrisonDebutantes by Cora Harrison
Series: Debutantes #1
Published by Pan Macmillan on August 2nd, 2012
Genres: Family, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away. Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country. But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans - ruin everything - forever.

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The Derrington sisters Violet, Daisy, Rose, and Poppy all live in London all longing to be part of the rich lifestyle they used to live in. A lot of their wealth has been depleted due to their father’s business decisions. Their only hope is for the eldest sister Violet to marry, and to debut her place in society as a dutiful wife to a wealthy man. The plot given to us is none other than Violet wanting to marry a rich man and her sisters trying to help her along the way.

I loved the gorgeous details about the girls dressing up. It was wonderful to picture London in the roaring ’20’s. So full of life, and fashion. It also must be so hard living in that age. To rely on marrying a man with wealth just so you can provide a better life for you and your family. It must have put a lot of pressure on the eldest sibling. Women were finally getting jobs. Working on their own and becoming independent. This was clearly evident in the main character’s viewpoint, Daisy Derrington.

I liked how their wasn’t a big romance and that it was more of a book about the very day lives of the sisters. All their personalities so different and yet you can’t help but love each one. I figured the mother’s love for flowers is why they are all aptly named AFTER a flower which I found adorable and sweet. As for the characters, I can’t blame Violet for being whiny of angry all the time. Her love for Justin is clearly expressed in return and I felt such pity for them both. Daisy is absolutely my favourite and I love how she has such a passion for film. The theme of family and sisterhood is deeply evident throughout the book, and most certainly at the end. I can’t help but admire Daisy’s decision and actually felt myself smiling at the ending.

I’ve always had trouble with historical fiction, but this one was an enjoyable and light hearted read. Fans of The Little Women will certainly gobble this one. Also, you’d be blind as to not notice how gorgeous that cover is.


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  1. Jaime Lester

    June 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but this one sounds good. And I LOVE the cover. It is gorgeous. Rarely a historical will catch my attention, but when they do I tend to love them. Maybe this one will be that way too!

  2. MonaG

    December 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    I’ve never read historical fiction but the premise and cover of this book piqued my curiosity. For the same reason, Anna Godbersen’s Luxe and Bright Young Things series is also on my TBR list.

    As I was reading your review, Alcott’s Little Women and to mind. And I LOVE Downton Abbey.

  3. Grace Lo

    September 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, and although yes, the cover is beautiful, I think the flowery-ness kind of scared me away. I tend to lean more towards darker reads, but I might give this one a spin around just to see how it feels.

  4. Cassie

    September 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    I love historical books, this looks cool. 🙂

  5. Cora Harrison

    September 7, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Thanks for this – I was especially pleased that you liked it wasn’t just all about a romance – life isn’t like that in my experience.

  6. Shane @Itching for Books

    September 4, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Good review. I like the cover and description. Think i’ll give this a try.

  7. jacklin updegraft

    September 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of historical books, but this looks intriguing. I really would love to read this

  8. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    September 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    The cover for this one is really pretty! I really like historical fiction, so I think I would really like to read this. It sounds really good and I’m happy to hear that the romance isn’t overdone 🙂

    Thanks for the review

  9. Zino

    September 3, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Seems like a good book, I fell in love with the cover when I first saw it. And I love historical fiction but I haven’t had the chance to read many books set in the 20’s so I’d like to have a chance to read it.:)

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