Tuesday 21 March 2017

Fragile Blossoms by Dodie Hamilton

Fragile Blossoms

has been AWARDED


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

Fragile Blossoms was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against a five point criteria

Julianna Dryden doesn’t wear black. Though recently widowed, her husband Owen, a Cambridge Don, killed in Cairo, she wears costly furs and snakeskin boots, and though poor as the church mouse regularly travels to London, to Bloomsbury, to the home of the celebrated artist, Lady Evelyn Carrington, the Society hostess and friend of Bertie, Prince of Wales. Julianna, or Ju-ju as she is known, is beautiful with bright copper hair and amber eyes. She has secrets, mildly scandalous secrets that she keeps as best she can. In the spring of 1897 Julianna and Matty, her little boy, move into a cottage in Norfolk. The cottage, or the Needed and Necessary as is it known, has secrets of its own, old secrets, jagged and sharp like shards of costly broken Meissen china. As with all things hidden in darkness given light and laughter, and a Wolf’s howl, the secrets will gain new life and reach out to choke Julianna.

1.       Were the characters strong and engaging?
2.       Was the book well written?
3.       Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
4.       Was the ending satisfying?
5.       Would you tell your friends?

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