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Review: Debutants by Cora Harrison

Debutants by Cora Harrison
Published by Macmillan

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.


Debutantes is a really interesting read which I enjoyed.

The story revolves around 4 sisters who come from a formerly wealthy family who have fallen on hard times but trying to keep up appearances within a society bound by strict class divisions. I loved getting to know the girls and their different personalities and views on the world.

The one thing I really enjoyed about this book was the insight it gave you into the historical setting. You get a real feeling for the glitz and glamour of the 1920s from the scenes in London at the society parties but you also got to see more of the austerity of the post war era when you see the way the family has had to make cut backs when they've fallen on hardtimes.

The storyline itself kept me engaged throughout depsite the fact that I saw the main storyline twist a mile off (and I don't usually see those) but even so I enjoyed the ride.

All in all a nice read which I enjoyed!


good to know you enjoyed this one as I quite fancy it but I've heard very mixed things!