I enjoyed this book very much . I was particularly impressed at the way Helen Carey intertwined her plot with the time line of World War 2. She must hI enjoyed this book very much . I was particularly impressed at the way Helen Carey intertwined her plot with the time line of World War 2. She must have done a great deal of research to do this successfully. The small slip about "The Mikado" paled into insignificance compared with the way the larger events of the war were handled in this fascinating book. I look forward to reading the next two novels in the Lavender Road series....more
This is the last volume of trilogy about Kingshaven. I enjoyed the first two books in the series better than I enjoyed this one. All three books are vThis is the last volume of trilogy about Kingshaven. I enjoyed the first two books in the series better than I enjoyed this one. All three books are very long and reflect events in the lives of the British Royal Family with their counterparts in the holiday resort of Kingshaven. Imogen Parker writes as well as ever but there were so many characters to follow by the time I reached the last volume that I found it difficult to deliniate one character from the other. A critic pointed out that the books read like a soap opera. Like a soap opera, and like life itself, it reaches no conclusions!...more
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler were my singing teachers in Johannesburg. While I was studying with them I acted as Webster's studio accompanist when AWebster Booth and Anne Ziegler were my singing teachers in Johannesburg. While I was studying with them I acted as Webster's studio accompanist when Anne (who usually played the piano for students) had other engagements. We became good friends, a friendship which lasted until they died - Webster in 1984, and Anne in 2003.
I first read "Duet" when Webster brought it into the studio and gave it to me to read. I was fascinated by the lively story of their rise to fame, their romance which was fraught with difficulties because Webster was married to Paddy Prior already, and their popularity as duettists during the forties and early fifties.
This book was written when they were at the height of their fame, some years before they had income tax difficulties and eventually moved to South Africa in 1956. Perhaps it was as well that the book ended before they experienced any hardship.
I have always tried to keep Anne and Webster's singing and illustrious careers before the public. I am sure that anyone who reads their autobiography will get a good idea of their charming personalities from reading this fascinating book. Several people who have read it recently, have described it as "unputdownable". I hope whoever reads this review and is tempted to read the book will share that opinion of it! ...more
Years ago I had a great collection of Denise Robins' books. They were great as light reading after a stressful day. For some reason or other I passedYears ago I had a great collection of Denise Robins' books. They were great as light reading after a stressful day. For some reason or other I passed them all on to a charity shop when we moved home. I probably found this one in another charity shop a few years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story kept me in suspense until the last few pages. Although it was a typical romantic novel, the writing was good and I kept turning the pages eagerly from beginning to end. I wish I hadn't dispensed with my Denise Robins' collection all those years ago. I'll look out for them in future. Her writing is many steps above the writing of someone like Barbara Cartland, and I can recommend this book and most other books written by Denise Robins to those who would enjoy a relaxing and undemanding read as an occasional change from heavy literature....more