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Debutantes (Debutantes #1)

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It's 1923 and the world is changing fast - London is a whirl of jazz, dancing, parties and decadence. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but, stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country with their reclusive father, London seems a lifetime away. The Derrington sisters are convinced that if Violet can only become a debutante, she ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
The summary and title for this are rather misleading. The story revolves around 4 sisters, all named after flowers. The oldest is Violet at 18, Daisy and Poppy are twins at 16, and Rose is the youngest at 12. Each sister has a different hair colour; black, red, blonde, and brown, which is rather ridiculous and extremely unlikely. The MC is Daisy, 16, blonde, and an aspiring film director. Her and her sisters all have a hobby that keeps them extremely occupied. Daisy is constantly filming somethi ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Debutantes is going to be quite a challenging book for me to review. This is another book where I was quite honestly blinded by the beauty of the cover - just look at it, isn't it gorgeous? I did of course read the blurb and whilst I don't read all that much historical fiction, what I have read I have enjoyed, so I was excited to give this one a go.

I will admit that I wasn't immediately taken with this book when I started with it. It's a bit of a slow burner and rather than having much action or
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Jessica-Robyn
Premeditating: I am incredibly wary of young adult historical fiction. I won't even look twice at those pretty dresses and flashy tales about young women in the hight of glamour any more. I have been disillusioned that a beautiful cover means it will be a beautiful book. ... But oh my god! This cover takes the cake. It. is. amazing. So yes, I will be reading this because of the cover, even if reviews start trickling in that call this another outright costume fiction flop. I am a proud cover junk ...more
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: debutantes, poor, family, friends, secrets.

Fluff, but it just didn't do it for me.

A lot of aspects were really annoying, like how they were so poor they couldn't have a fire in winter but all had pocket money. It was frustrating to read and didn't make sense.

Violet reminded me a bit of Rose in I Capture the Castle, but despite this I intensely disliked her. She was just such a cow. In fact, I don't think I liked a single one of the characters. Not even Daisy, who was probably the most l
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Erika
Jun 06, 2012 Erika marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
THIS is the most beautiful cover I have seen all year.
Naomi
Aug 12, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debutantes is a fun, light and enjoyable read. Set in 1920’s England, the Derrington sisters each have different personalities, and they do not blend together – they all are individual characters, with different aspirations. The first book focuses mainly on Daisy, who is interesting and hopes to become a film director. Violet, one of her sisters, hoped to be a debutante and come out for a season in London. Poppy loved jazz and had a band with locals in their town. Rose wanted to be a newspaper e ...more
The-vault
By Cora Harrison. Grade B+
Debutantes was my first encounter with the genre of historical fiction, and I am glad that I read it. Had it not been for this review copy I got, I would probably not be planning to try as many books as I can in this genre in the near future.
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 dresse
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VaultOfBooks
By Cora Harrison. Grade B+
Debutantes was my first encounter with the genre of historical fiction, and I am glad that I read it. Had it not been for this review copy I got, I would probably not be planning to try as many books as I can in this genre in the near future.
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 dresse
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Whispering Words...
I really enjoyed Debutantes and found it to be a fun, light hearted read that transports the reader back to the glamorous age of the 1920’s. Full of vivid descriptions it shares the magical sheen of new technologies, risky fashions and scandalous love affairs unique to the time period. It is a must read for any fans of YA historical fiction!

Although the book is about all four of the Derrington girls, this story mostly focuses on the younger twin Daisy. A future film director to be – she is neve
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Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/...

What caught my attention when I first heard about Debutantes was the fact that it’s supposed to be ‘the perfect read for Downton Abbey fans’. As a huge fan of this show I just knew I had to read this – and it blew me away.

At the risk of sounding terribly gushy, there was nothing I didn’t like about this book. The story centres around the four Derrington sisters who, a few chapters in, I became really fond of. I love the fact that th
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

The Derrington sisters Violet, Daisy, Rose, and Poppy all live in London all longing to be part of the rich lifestyle they used to live in. A lot of their wealth has been depleted due to their father's business decisions. Their only hope is for the eldest sister Violet to marry, and to debut her place in society as a dutiful wife to a wealthy man. The plo
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Emma
Feb 24, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Beth

Sweet and sugary, Debutantes is a novel which is filled with girly excitement and enjoyment. Told mainly from the point of view of Daisy, the budding film director, we’re led through a journey of 1920s England and the lives of the four Derrington sisters. Each sister has her own dreams and aspirations and is fearless and enjoyable in her own way. As the first of a series it’s clear to see how Harrison is setting up her readers to experience things from the point of view of each sis
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Megan (The Book Babe)
The Book Babe

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I'm a big fan of historical YA as a genre. That being said, I wasn't a big fan of this book. It was heartbreakingly slow-- to the point that nothing really happened. I may like historical, but I like a little mystery or intrigue. This didn't deliver on that front.

There was a mystery, but I found it trivial. The hints weren't very well done, because I figured out the mystery long before it was time. I'm not a huge fan of that, but in a world where
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Natalie
The blurb and cover of this book made it look much better than it was, especially due to the tagline: "The season of parties, romance and secrets is about to begin..." First of all, we are only told that the parties were attended by Violet, although are given very little detail about what happened at them. There is literally NO romance throughout the novel, and there's one secret, which I guessed right at the beginning, before Elaine was even introduced. Also, the blurb says that "Daisy is about ...more
Ade
Jun 07, 2012 Ade rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I really wanted to love this book. I mean, who wouldn't with such a gorgeous cover? I just.. Couldn't get into the book at all. The life-changing surprise wasn't actually much of a surprise, and it could easily be guessed about 1/4 of the way through the book, and I didn't particularly like any of the sisters. I didn't DISLIKE them exactly, but I wouldn't have cared much if something happened to one of them. Basically, the thing that annoyed me most was Violet. Violet is incredibly focused on ma ...more
Kirsti
Oct 25, 2012 Kirsti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful cover; such a waste of time! I was not planning on buying a book that day, but I loved how pretty the cover was, and the story seemed interesting. Instead of the interesting story however, all I got was predictable plot, extremely bad writing, and zero connection. This story is told in such a dispassionate way that not only could I never like the characters, most of them left a bad taste in my mouth as well. I couldn't even keep up with which sister was which; they're all named ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
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 192
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Shamsa
Jul 02, 2015 Shamsa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book from one of the books on offer. Basically I got it for a very got price.
The setting of the novel is beautiful I generally love that time the novel was set in. Everything about royalty as well as the clothing and girly-ness of everything.

So let's get to the point ! The back of the book cover saying there was a secret and such ...
I expected more mystery in the story.
How Daisy easily found out who her mother is and such. I expected more of a difficulty and guessing it's someone
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『Hailey』
oh WOW the cover is so lovely!
Rebecca- Books
Jul 31, 2012 Rebecca- Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I discovered Cora Harrison a couple of years ago when I picked up I was Jane Austen's Best Friend (review) after choosing it as 'the other book' in one of the classic Waterstone's 3 for 2 and found myself pleasantly surprised by the depth of knowledge on Jane Austen, the subtle parodies and hints of Austen's own novels and just the lovely simplistic writing that made it perfect for a summer read on holiday.
I also bought the sequel,
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Aneely
Nov 27, 2016 Aneely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
1920's, Two ambitious young sisters out to find a wealthy husband each. Light and Lovely!
Liz
Jul 27, 2012 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5

Debutantes really made me feel like I’d been transported back to the 1920s! I loved the dynamic between the four sisters and all the great descriptions – if you like historical fiction, then this book is for you.

Daisy, Poppy, Violet and Rose were all likeable girls (though Violet could get on my nerves at times) but I think my favourite was Daisy. She wanted to be a famous filmmaker and really didn’t care too much about dances and marriage – though she did worry about her eldest sister Viol
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Chitra Nair
Debutantes written by Cora Harrison is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read. And trust me, I’ve read quite a few books from that genre. It’s dreamy, romantic, glamorous, mysterious and warm all at the same time! I really loved it!
All right, I was attracted by the cover of this book first. Yeah, yeah, they say that never judge a book by its cover but the gorgeous shade of pink and the girl (It is Daisy, right?) looking at you with those delicate eyes and the summary at the back of
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Chelsey
Aug 03, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the best book that I have read based off of family dynamics this year. These Derrington girls knew the true meaning of sisterhood. They shared everything together and even got along quite remarkably for four sisters who are all relatively around the same age. They all genuinely looked out for one another and never broke the bonds of family. I love reading a good book where siblings really have each other’s back. The bond between siblings is something that should be unbreakable; thes ...more
Becky
Aug 21, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review, arc
Debutantes is a sweet historical novel set in the 1920s Kent countryside. When I was reading it, I kept thinking this is Pride and Prejudice meets Dawson’s Creek. It is a romance but it’s also a novel of friendship and making your own way in the world.


It’s the story of four sisters who are the daughters of an Earl. Sadly, the Derrington’s fortune was lost on a mining business venture and so the family estate is in a state of disrepair. There is no male heir and so the estate will pass to a cousi
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Renae
Outwardly, Debutantes seems promising. It has an intriguing jacket blurb, a professional cover, and is written by an author who has experience in the genre. Unfortunately, this book didn’t wow me at all. I came in expecting a novel similar to something by Anna Godbersen, but instead I was constantly reminded of Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn, another historical novel I didn’t particularly care for.

Right away, Cora Harrison introduces the four Derrington sisters: Violet, Poppy, Daisy, and Rose. Th
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Carly
Jul 13, 2012 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
This is a hard review for me to write as I'm not quite sure where to start. I found Debutantes a little hard to get into, I got around 30 pages in and put it down, I went back to it again and I'm so glad I did, it ended up being a really enjoyable read. The four sisters, Rose, Poppy, Daisy and Violet are a real pleasure to get to know, they are all so unique and entirely different from each other, you will easily and quickly have a favourite although there will be qualities you will love in each ...more
Cay
Sep 01, 2012 Cay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
4.5 stars

*shiver* *shiver* Why is it so cold in here all of a sudden? Debutantes takes place in England - Kent and London - in the 20s. And Kent is a cold, cold place - the weather is chilly and there's little to do for young ladies. The impoverished Derrington family live in the huge The Beech Grove Manor that has seem better days. The once glorious manor (I imagined it was like Downton Abbey) is still somehow charming, but also badly heated, full of spider webs and only a few servants to look
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
The 1920s are hot at the moment and there are plenty of books and films coming out at the moment which are set during this decade. ‘Debutantes’ by Cora Harrison is one of them and follows four sisters, Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose, as they try to make their mark on the world away from their closeted lives at Beech Grove Manor..

I have to start by saying that this book has a simply stunning cover! It’s so pretty that it’s sure to catch the eye when it’s on the shelves in bookshops. For those who
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Iffath
Feb 19, 2012 Iffath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-ya, read-in-2012
Everything about this book is just so PRETTY it HURTS. AHHHHHHH. It took me a while to really get hooked into the story, but I think that's just me and any historical novel really.

The relationship between the Derrington sisters was lovely. And the sisters themselves were fantastic! I think Rose in particular was my favourite, wanting to be a writer--I could totes relate to that. But the other three were also really awesome to read about, Daisy's budding-film-director self was captivating. I love
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Cora Harrison worked as a headteacher before she decided to write her first novel. She has since published twenty-six children's novels. My Lady Judge was her first book in a Celtic historical crime series for adults that introduces Mara, Brehon of the Burren. Cora lives on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland.

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