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Recently Read 3 || American Duchess by Karen Harper

This is the last of the three books I have read during the three-month quarantine that I am reviewing. As well, it would be the last non-academic reading material I will be engaging in as school will start in two weeks! I have to admit though that I am quite excited about going back to school, online, or otherwise. The American Duchess is not the first book I have read from Karen Harper’s work. It was engaging, and the marketing tagline was “Before there was Meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt.” As I was fascinated by the lives of those “Million Dollar American Princesses”, I was overjoyed to find the book in Scribd, of all places. In a nutshell, The American Duchess is a fictionalised account of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan’s life–starting from her debut in society, then her wedding to Charles, Duke of Marlborough, and then her divorce, and her second marriage, this time to Jacques Balsan. All well and good. The story was a page-turner, like The Royal Nanny, the first book of Karen Harper’s that …

Recently Read 2|| The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice

Reading a good book is something like eating your favourite meal: you want to savour every bite, wanting it to last longer. That’s exactly how I felt when I read Eva Rice’s The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp. The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp Eva Rice 2013, Heron Books 583 pages Summary In this novel, we get to meet Tara Jupp, a seventeen-year-old girl living in 1960s Britain. A minister’s daughter living in Cornwall, she lives with her father and her many siblings. Tara is a teenager living a quiet life in Cornwall, riding horses, visiting her neighbours, and singing in the choir. But her talent in singing gets discovered, and in no time at all, she is taken to London–where music, fashion, and high society is within reach. In London, Tara becomes Cherry Merrywell, and is starting to become well-known due to her talent. She gets to meet interesting people, and comes across someone she met in childhood. Back home, Tara gets involved in a family drama that centres on her sister, and her sister’s best friend. …