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The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  510 Ratings  ·  69 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
Oct 03, 2013 Melee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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.
Dec 18, 2012 Annabel rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2012 Vanessa Wild rated it it was amazing
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)
Jan 23, 2013 Amy (Turn the Page) rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
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Aug 24, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, 2015
Romanzo carino ma perdibile, almeno dal mio punto di vista. Godibile l'ambientazione inglese, anche se mi domando sempre che gusto c'è a leggere libri di questo tipo scritti da autrici contemporanee quando ce ne sono moltissimi scritti e pubblicati nello stesso dopoguerra (pensiamo solo a Nancy Mitford). Ammetto che qui siamo negli anni Sessanta, era The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets il romanzo ambientato nel dopoguerra, e questo ne è il seguito, ma solo parzialmente, dato che alcuni dei suoi pers ...more
Aunty Janet
Jul 11, 2014 Aunty Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aug 31, 2014 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
May 28, 2015 Abbey rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. 'The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets' is one of my all-time favorite books, and I love Eva Rice's writing style. 'Tara Jupp', however, was kind of a mess.

Nothing about the story was BAD, per se, but the book very much felt like two books crammed into one. There were two stories warring to be told - Tara's and her sister's. In the end, I felt like Tara's sister's story arc received more attention and resolution, despite Tara being the titular character.

I really wan
Apr 11, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
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.
It's the second book by Eva Rice I read, and while I did not like the cover, I bought it because of her name and GODS I DON'T REGRET IT.

I just loved it! Absolutely adored Tara and her family and the Swinging Twenties in London setting and everything!

Even if in all, the music part of it is not the main subject (at all), I guess like everybody that cannot carry a tune to save their life, the lives of musicians are always fascinating!

The book is character driven and everything I love. Every char
Bev Taylor
Dec 27, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
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
Ness Kingsley
Dec 11, 2015 Ness Kingsley rated it it was ok
This is a long book, clocking in at 583 pages. It is a sort of sequel to The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. I'm afraid I didn't enjoy it as much as the Lost Art.

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Marina Schulz
Oct 27, 2015 Marina Schulz rated it it was ok
I think one of my main problems with this book was that it portrayed the "wrong" 60s for me. I was expecting, from the blurb, to be getting the "psychedelic 60s", not the "swinging 60s" from a few years prior. But that one is on me: it's my fault for jumping to conclusions when I should have done no such thing. Still, I've always been one to try and judge a book based on its merit, not whether the subject necessarily appeals to me. I think one can appreciate good literature, or even art in gener ...more
Sep 06, 2014 ForeverDay rated it liked it
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
Jul 14, 2014 Tracey rated it liked it
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
Dec 18, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jan 07, 2013 Sophia rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jan 01, 2013 Becky Christina rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2016 Charlotte rated it really liked it
It took me a long time (over a year) since downloading this to my kindle to get round to reading it as I started the first few pages a couple of times but couldn't get into it. Thiis time something different happened and I really enjoyed it. I loved the lost art of keeping secrets and as everyone else has said it's nice to see what happened with some of the characters from that book.
Yes, it was somewhat predictable but I actually liked this aspect and was interested to see HOW it would happen.
May 17, 2014 Devil rated it liked it
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
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