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3.04  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Amy Ephron navigates the social contradictions of New York society, a world in which freedom was celebrated even while Prohibition and the strictest social conventions were in force. She brings to life this time and place through the stories of five socialites whose lives are irrevocably changed because of gossip, indiscretion, secrets, and betrayal.

Four women at a bridge
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by William Morrow (first published 2005)
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
‘“She never did understand what it meant to be proper” said Betsy Owen as she turned away from the window in a sweeping motion as though her skirt alone propelled her across the floor. And, there it was, in that one understated sentence, an indictment of all that Lizzie Carswell had ever hoped to be and an acknowledgement that there was a story behind the seemingly innocent act they had all witnessed.’

Perhaps if the story centered on answering numerous questions, rather than NYC gossip of four y
Debbie Robson
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amy Ephron has done it again! Just as in "A Cup of Tea" - set during World War I - she has written a short but exquisitely crafted novel. This time the setting is the elusive Twenties. Characters flit in and out. They have the time and money to stay out half the night at nightclubs. Most of them don’t work. There is the inconvenience of Prohibition, there is gossip but more than anything else there is Paris, beckoning across the ocean.

In "One Sunday Morning" gossip sets everything in motion. Wh
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended 'A Cup of Tea' to me - and once I read it I wanted to read more by Ephton. While her books can be hard to find (particularly in the library) I'm glad I picked this one up. It is a timeless period piece that brings you into the world of the 1920's and explores how gossip and broken promises can lead you astray.

I love the way Ephron writes and dives into the characters minds and thoughts and perfectly captures the time period and allows you to feel as if you are there.
Oct 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: saw it at the library
One Sunday Morning is a delightful novel. Ephron's writing is is magical. She moves the story along, without rushing. Ephron's prose keeps a rythmic balance and flow throughout. I kept turning the pages, devouring the characters and setting along the way. The last paragraph of the book was a bit dissapointing, considering how tight the rest of it was. It threw in an unexpected turn, that was unnecessary and brought down the rest of the book.

All in all, I loved the book. I tried to stretch One S
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a perfect little read. This book brings new meaning to the phrase "to come full circle" and I loved the ending. I think it reflects the interesting way that writers often observe the world, and I found myself oddly similar to the character of Mary Nell. She manages to observe the little details and nuances in the lives of others but misses the glaringly obvious in her own life. She misses opprotunities because she is a classic overthinker. While shocked in the end, she is not devistated ...more
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
I’m not sure what the point of this was, other than to serve as a snapshot of 1920s New York society. It wasn’t *bad*, there just wasn’t a lot to it. It felt more like a short story than a novel, and the line in the synopsis, "with heartbreaking consequences for all" ends up looking a little overwrought. It didn’t seem like anyone’s heart was particularly broken at the end of the story. I’d say that this author just isn’t my cup of tea. ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Despite the criticism of the brevity of this book, I really enjoyed it. As someone who loves reading about this era in history (1920s America and Europe), it's rare to find a book that is actually written in similar prose as novels that were published back then. (I had to remind myself several times that One Sunday Morning was actually written only 8 years ago.) Ephron pays beautiful homage to Wharton, Fitzgerald, even Hemingway, with her lovely writing. ...more
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is what I call a "goodnight" book -- the one I keep on my bedside table to read just before falling asleep. Or let's say something to put me to sleep, a little bit of fluff. Nothing substantial here. A very short book with a somewhat shallow story line. But I like the time period, I like the mix of characters, and as I said, it's good to fall asleep with. ...more
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Leslie by: no one -- had read her sister's (Nora) book (neck).
Shelves: read-in-2009
This was an ok story: a fairly quick & light read and a page-turner, just because I wanted to find out what happened with Lizzie & Billy. But the ending really didn't answer that. I had a lot of questions at the end and found that frustrating. but it was a nice break from the other serious books I've been reading. ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Four women at a Sunday morning bridge party see an acquaintance emerging from the Gramercy Park hotel on the arm of a gentleman they all know named Billy Holmes. It may be the Jazz Age where anything goes, but Although they do not know the whole story, at least one of them begins spreading rumors with tragic results.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an elegant, well written little book. The setting is New York City during the Jazz Age. The author tells the story of a group of young women who hold the reader's interest until the surprising ending. ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
After reading A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron, I was really looking forward to reading this book. However, I was rudely disappointed. The characters, the story... nothing was really working for me with this book.
Marian Beaman
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Amy Ephron’s novelette, One Sunday Morning, is a period piece from the 1920s in which four young New York society women spot another member of their circle leaving a hotel with another woman's fiancé. The plot spins out from there and finally lands in Paris with a main character’s not-so-unpredictable discovery.

With its short chapters and just enough suspense to titillate a reader with time on her hands, I can imagine this books being published as a serial in The Ladies Home Journal.

If light mys
Bev Hitchins
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From my perspective the early 20th century is a charming time period. Amy Ephron's short novel captures the mood and tone of the times. Her chapters are short, yet they reveal a slowly cascading series of events and personalities. I found the characters complex as she weaves her plot with simplicity. The story is based on one New York socialite's statement about a woman who isn't part of her circle, "She never did understand what it meant to be proper." In her gentle way, Ephron compels you to k ...more
This is my second book by Amy Ephron. It read quickly and very enjoyably. Her novels feel similar to Edith Wharton as they deal with similar subjects. Though this book was very enjoyable it is not on par with any of Edith Wharton's novels.[return][return]At its heart the novel deals with social morals of a particular period through the women characters. My interest was definitely held through the breezy read, but there is a lack of substance felt once the book is completed. ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and easy, but with some weird quirks that weren't clearly intentional or accidental. The handful of (inconsequential but still annoying) historical inaccuracies make me think they weren't purposeful. It felt like it could have been a great book if there had been a really talented editor involved.
I've read some really great books of short stories this year( Friday Black), so this slight novel was quite a disappointment. A great writer can establish place, character, and time with very little. And please--just because an author has characters that are gossipy and rich, that doesn't make her Edith Wharton. ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Purchased at WPL Sale - Small, short book, very interesting, well written about an interesting time in history. Interesting contrast of perception, scandal and love in society during the time of Gatsby.
Wiebke Kuhn
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick read about young women trying to figure out the world around them and having to discover that people are not always honest -- and all of this set in 1926 New York and Paris. If anything, the book shows how nothing has changed.
Alisa Larsen
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nothing special. Fine, somewhat entertaining, but I don't feel the need to ever read it again. I also felt like most of the important questions were never even answered, so that was annoying. It just wasn't a complete story for me. ...more
Susan Liston
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't terrible, but seemed a bit pointless overall. Very little plot, no memorable characters or moments. An in one ear and out the other sort of book. ...more
Angela Stone
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. Read it in two separate night staying up way to late, or I guess early, to read. Just felt like it ended like a short story and didn’t truly have an ending.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just wasn't my type. Dull and didn't make sense. ...more
Amber Hastcoat
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A very quick and easy read. A simple story of the lives of a group of young women in prohibition era New York. It wasn’t a strongly compelling story but it was light and simple.
Hannah Bentsen
Very quick and easy read
Phyllis Sommers
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A small novel, playing out in the 1920s and depicted, somewhat, in vignettes revolving around four women of varying backgrounds, women whose lives intersect in myriad ways. Betsy Owen, Mary Nell, Iris Ogleby and Lucy Collins regularly play bridge together. 'One Sunday morning,' during one of their games, Betsy happens to look out the front window of her home, to notice Lizzie Carswell leaving the Gramercy Park Hotel with Billy Holmes, fiancée of their good friend, Clara Hart. A potential scandal ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read Ms. Ephron's 'A Cup of Tea' and really enjoyed it, and I wasn't disappointed with 'One Sunday Morning'. It did seem to go a bit slower than 'Cup of Tea'...but it was a good read nonetheless.

This book only took me a couple hours to get through and held my attention the entire time. Granted you don't find out the meaning of everything until literally the last two pages, but your need to know keeps you turning them.

I can't say the characters were very well developed, or that the story had mu
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Despite rave reviews, I was very lukewarm on this book. Here's one of the paragraphs in the description: "One Sunday Morning: A Novel is a drama of the strictures of polite society tragically coming to conflict with the liberated spirit of the Jazz Age. With all the romance of Gatsby's New York and the seduction of Josephine Baker's Paris, Ephron's tale is compelling all the way to its surprising and satisfying ending."

I was excited about the book, sounded great, love the time period (Prohibitio
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A nice enough book that didn't manage to leave much of an impression either way. There were characters, but I didn't really connect with any of them. There were two distinct big city settings, but I was so "meh" about the story that it didn't really entertain me. When I first started reading the book I kept having to read pages again. I blamed myself for a while, but I think it may actually be the book's fault. There just seemed to be more idea here than story. Amy Ephron is a very good writer t ...more
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Four women at a Sunday morning bridge party see an acquaintance emerging from the Gramercy Park hotel on the arm of a gentleman they all know named Billy Holmes. It may be the Jazz Age where anything goes but, although they do not know the whole story, at least one of them begins spreading rumors with tragic results.


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