"The greatest gift is a passion for reading" - Elizabeth Hardwick
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When thirteen-year-old Princess Agnes is married off to Alexios, the heir to the Byzantine Empire, she imagines her life will be one of riches, luxury and power. But her husband is young, weak, and has many enemies, and it soon becomes clear that Agnes' future is going to be nothing like she'd expected.
Natalie was a very amusing heroine. As the title suggests, she's a little prone to telling fibs, and this tendency leads her into all sorts of embarrassing situations! I found her quite Rebecca Bloomwood-esque, some of her misadventures really made me laugh. A particular favourite was when she went on a date at the local climbing wall, having claimed she was something of an expert despite having never been climbing before!
I always liked creative writing in school, and Iíve been an obsessive reader from a young age, but no, I havenít always wanted to write. I think I decided somewhere along the way that I didnít have any ideas, or didnít have the right ideas, to be a novelist. I had this notion that novelists were those people whose heads were full of stories -- those people who say, ďIím going to write a book about such-and-such,Ē and they have the plots already worked out. Iíve never been that way.
Victorie was an extremely interesting heroine, and I admired her determination and her ability to pick herself up everytime she was knocked down. Her relationship with the notorious Jeanne de Valois was a particular highlight. Victorie is so inexperienced in many ways when she meets Jeanne, and I doubt would have survived in the city without her help.
Journalist Martha Lamont's perfect life is unexpectantly torn apart one morning when she makes a terrible discovery. Leaving her husband, Jamie, and their two children, she heads to LA with film star Charlie Simmons, who's memoir she's ghostwriting. Hoping that once she's away from her usual life, the terrible decision she must make will become clearer, it turns out that going away with a gorgeous Oscar-nominated actor actually makes things much more complicated.
I really liked how Issy grew in confidence as the book went on. She achieved things she'd never thought she'd be capable of, and became a much stronger person. I did get cross with her a couple of times, particularly when she was being far too generous to people who frankly didn't deserve it! Her relationship with her grandfather was charming, and I loved seeing 'his' recipes dotted throughout the book - I'm planning on giving a few of them a try.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie lives in the UK in a small town with her step-dad, Stuart. Still grieving for her mum, who died six months ago, Jessie is desperate to discover the identity of her real father, a secret her mother always refused to reveal. When Stuart finally reveals the truth to Jessie, she's astounded that her dad is no other than rock star Johnny Jefferson.
Dina was a likeable protagonist - she wasn't perfect, but, despite how ambitious she was, she was essentially a good person, and I wanted her to do well. I particularly enjoyed the scenes between Dina and billionaire Joel Gaines, the man she loves but can't have. These helped to highlight many of Dina's good characteristics, and calmed down her whole 'work-focussed' demeanour.
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