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The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  366 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Country girl Tara is whisked off to '60s London to become a star; there she is dressed, she is shown off at Chelsea parties, photographed by the best. She meets songwriters, singers, designers, and records her song. And she falls in love - with two men. Behind the buzz and excitement of her success, the bitterness between her elder sister Lucy and her friend Matilda haunts ...more
Hardcover, 583 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Heron Books (first published August 3rd 2010)
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I think The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp is Eva Rice's fourth novel. I might be wrong about that number, but in any case, it is the long-awaited follow-up to The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which was published in 2005. I believe this book was originally slated to be published under the title The Dragonfly Summer, and it appears to have been delayed so many times I had started to think it would never see the light of day. I'm still not sure why, exactly, it has taken so long for this book to b ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Melee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
(Note: Yes, I know The Dragonfly Summer has finally been published under the title The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp. I'm just keep this review here as an homage to the years of pain and waiting I went through. ;) I'll probably delete it eventually.)

Somehow, someday I must get my hands on a copy of this book! Mainly because I loved The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets and have wanted to read another book by Eva Rice ever since. And one of the characters in this book is Inigo Wallace! (As in, Penelop
(Intial review written 1/7/13) I didn't know this was coming out, so the moment I found out I just sat in shock audibly saying, "What... what... what." Etc.

Now that I'm past the shock, I'm SO EXCITED.

I think The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp is the ever-elusive Dragonfly Summer published under a new title!




I don't see a pre-order option on amazon yet, and I don't want to spend more than I have to on the UK amazon. (I literally just bought something there five mi
Oof. One to file under 'not my thing', I think. Just... way too cosy and slow-moving for my taste.

Plus, the audio book narrator's decision to affect a (terrible) Westcountry accent is making me uncomfortable. I'm from the Westcountry. We don't sound like that.
Take one big happy family; add some horses, a big country manor in Cornwall, plus doses of first love which doesn’t go easily. Shake it up and relocate to London; mix with rock’n’roll and serve with love again. This is the essential recipe for Eva Rice’s new novel, a thick and satisfying feel-good read.
It’s the story of Lucy and Tara, third and sixth of eight children in the Jupp family. Pa is a country vicar, Ma died some years ago. Lucy is a beauty who loves old buildings (Pevsner is her bible
Vanessa Wild
A delightful coming of age tale set in the rock 'n' roll 50s and swinging 60s about the life and times of Tara Jupp, a budding singing star.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the easy style of writing and the way it was told in the first person - I really felt Tara was speaking to me personally. The story just flowed along seamlessly and had me eagerly turning the pages. I thought the characters were well drawn and believable, especially Tara and her sister, Lucy. The whole atmosphere of th
Remember that delightfully retro novel The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets with the candy coloured cover that everyone seemed to be reading on public transport circa 2006? Well, this is Eva Rice's much anticipated follow up, which I think many of us assumed would never see the light of day after the release date kept shifting and eventually just disappeared altogether.

(Disclaimer: I don't recall much about Lost Art… except that I enjoyed it. Its vintage setting and period-appropriate plot was a welc
Amy (Turn the Page)
Eva Rice’s period novels are kind of akin to curling up on a rainy day with hot, buttery crumpets and tea. There’s a warmth and nostalgia to them, like you’re settling in for an hour or two of catching up with old friends.

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is one of my favourite all-time books, one that I’ve read too many times to count. So when Quercus contacted me and asked if I’d like to review The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp I jumped at the chance. To my delight, the book arrived alongside a
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Aunty Janet
Set firmly in the swinging sixties, this novel explores the 'coming of age' of an innocent(ish) girl who is re-packaged into a star. I loved the descriptions of the houses, they almost became characters in themselves!
'''I am watching the beautiful people fill the village church for Matilda's wedding. I'm waiting to sing, and don't know it but everything's about to change. Playing the piano at wild parties and the six o'clock club, warm afternoons spent lying around with Digby marvelling at the v
I knew going in that I would be disappointed, so I really shouldn't complain. There's just no way it could live up to The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which is probably my favorite book I've read in the last few years.

I think what worked about Keeping Secrets was that it was about a specific time (post-rationing 1950s England) but it didn't have to hit every historical landmark to feel real. It's strange that Eva Rice went the opposite way with this book, going so far as to have her characters
Apr 11, 2014 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Cute. But my copy had a lot of typos in it and I feel like it could have used just one more continuity editorial pass too. Also, I think I might just be "over" cute awkward coming of age type novels at this point in my life, dammit.
Bev Taylor
odd title .... !

the swinging sixties and 17 year old tara has been discovered by a producer with her voice of an angel

when she was just 10 years old she met a boy slightly older and felt an attraction for him but an unfortunate episode put paid to that

then when she is taken to london to start a career as a singer she is reinvented to a person she does not know

with a large family and amazing friends of all ages she starts to rediscover herself - and also meets up with her longlost male friend
Actual rating: 3.75
Warnings for book: Sex but it wasn't graphic and swearing.
Plot:3/5(It was more character focused so plot wasn't really the point)
Romance:3/5 (The final resolving scene was worthy of a 5/5 but as characters... I'm always a bit cynical when you declare love when you don't seem to really know the other person. But her style really suits that so... eh.)
Writing style:5/5 (I love Eva Rice's writing. The way she describes places is just brilliant)

I looooved the Lost Art
I was sent a free advance copy of this book to review for

This is a charming, coming of age novel which deals with friendship, love and trust. It follows the lives of sisters Tara and Lucy along with Matilda, the ‘poor little rich girl’ from their beginnings in Cornwall to London in the Sixties. Matilda’s mother changes all of their lives when she asks Tara to arrange for her sister to befriend Matilda in exchange for permission to ride the horses at the big house. The lives of
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
Tara Jupp and her sister Lucy, along with six other siblings, live with their widowed vicar father in his Rectory in the Cornish countryside. We learn of Tara’s life growing up, the loss of her mother, her love of horses. She has a beautiful singing voice and this will be the asset that steers her life in a whole new direction. Her beautiful elder sister Lucy has a keen interest in preserving historic houses and their contents. Tara becomes acquainted with the owner of Trellanack, a large old ho ...more
This book – set in the 1950s and 1960s, is a charming coming-of-age story. It tells the story of (and is narrated by) Tara Jupp, a young girl who grows up in the shadow of her older sister Lucy’s beauty. However, Tara has one thing that Lucy doesn’t have, and that is a fabulous singing voice. When she is discovered by the record making husband of an old friend, Tara is spirited from her home in Cornwall, to the bright lights of London, where she is transformed into Cherry Merrywell, the city’s l ...more
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through the Goodreads 'First reads' programme.
It starts off painting a very detailed picture of a naive country girl, a vicar's daughter no less, obsessed with horses and living with her father and myriad of siblings. They live a simple life, and enjoy the simple pleasures on offer in their village. Until one day, Tara, with her beautiful singing voice is 'discovered', and her life moves to the big city, where she meets a cast of colourful characters
I absolutely adored The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp. Eva Rice’s The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is definitely one of my favourite books so I had high hopes for her latest novel and I was certainly not disappointed.

The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp follows Tara from childhood to late teens. One of a large family of even larger characters, Tara’s ability to sing allows her to stand out a little from her siblings. Chance meetings and childhood friends come good means that Tara ends up in Londo
I received this as part of Goodreads First Reads

The title itself was intriguing enough to make me want to read this book; was it that Tara Jupp was misinterpreted or was it that she misinterpreted situations? The truth is I felt that it was both.

With cleverly crafted stories within stories which Eva Rice managed to bring together seamlessly while keeping the reader wanting to read on throughout the novel it did make this a joy to read.

Essentially it is about Tara Jupp ‘finding’ herself and growi
Becky Christina
I received a review copy of this book from Waterstones, here is the review I posted for them:
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very light-hearted and easy to read -a perfect read for a busy lifestyle, despite the length.
I have to admit, I found this book a bit slow starting (the plot doesn't really pick up until the second half), there seemed to me quite a bit of character development that I'm not entirely sure was necessary; but I'm glad I stuck with it as the plot got very interesting
This book has some great passages but, as with other books by Eva Rice, I felt like it needed a stronger editor. Particularly in the beginning, the story lacked structure: the narration was like a leaf that went whenever the wind blew. Additionally, it had a lot of typos and punctuation out of place, leaving me with the feeling that it was hastily put together. There are many enjoyable things about Eva Rice's writing; it is witty and clear and she deals with her themes the same way I would so I ...more
Maggie White
The Misinterpretations of Tara Jupp is a multifacetted story of life in London in the 60's when being famous and in the In-crowd was an opulent yet confusing time for some.
There are different ways of interpreting the title as tara is misinterpreted and well as misinterprets events that she experiences. The dialogue is kept very much as it would have been at the time. It reminded me of To Sir With Love in its presentation of this time not the story line. Tara and her sister Lucy are propelled int
Rebecca Gardom
I read this book on holiday - it really was lovely. Nothing groundbreaking, nothing shocking, just a really pleasant summer read. Eva Rice manages to capture the time brilliantly, the characters are lovely and interesting. I thought the ending was a bit rushed but it's a good book nonetheless.

Too many characters, too many barely sketched or inconsistent. Liked the story while in Cornwall but didn't think it successfully conjured up 60s London. Too much neat tying up of storylines and some scenes that just needed editing out completely. Liked the two main characters. Could have been a better book with some judicious editing.
Pleasantly reminded me of the novel 'I capture the Castle', with its narrative style and the relationship between the two sisters, coming of age and following your dreams (or dreamy men). It was a sweet summer read, perfect for those who love Cornwall (like I do).
Clover - "Never do anything for nothing except fool around with unsuitable men"
Cute and funny, Eva Rice new book was entertaining. This story is somehow intertwined with The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets's, and, to my absolute delight, some of the Character's from 'The Lost Art...' make a few appearances. Unfortunately for this book, I was expecting something as good as The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which I loved, and it wasn't. A little confused, with maybe too many sub-stories, these characters were a little harder to root for.
I was a bit unsure about this book for the pure fact that it was set in the 60's and I normally only read books set in the modern day. After reading it, I can say that Rice has done a brilliant job of capturing the era and bringing it alive to a new audience. A brilliant read.
Très jolie chronique d'une jeune fille/femme et de son entourage dans les années 50. Même si c'est très cousu de fil blanc, c'est d'une écriture fluide, dynamique et très agréable à lire. Les personnages sont très attachants (même s'ils ont certainement été pensé avec le portage au cinéma en tête).
Ivy Read
Un beau coup de cœur !

Se replonger dans l’univers d’Eva Rice et ses ambiances feutrées et musicales a été un pur plaisir. Il y a quelque chose dans le style de l’auteur qui fait qu’on la lit sans penser à la suite, on se laisse totalement porter par le présent du récit comme si on lâchait prise le temps d’une lecture et que l’on laissait l’auteur nous emporter absolument où elle le désire. Et ça fonctionne très bien !
Que dire d’autre hormis que je suis totalement tombée sous le charme de son st
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