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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A fresh comedy of manners, exploring class, privilege, love, immigration and the American expat dream during Brexit.

In London only one thing sets you apart from others – manners.

Set in autumn 2016, in Mayfair, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, Californian Rose Mendes has an intense interview with Caroline Jones, the CEO of London’s most prestigious finishing school. Wit
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ebook, 323 pages
Published February 14th 2019
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May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alicia Fox
If I was able to leave half stars I would rate this book 3.5 stars instead of just 3. House of Social Graces is a women's fiction/chic-lit read which has a very relatable main character named Rose. Rose grew up in San Fransisco but found herself wrapping up school in London where she was on a time crunch in order to secure a job and continue living there. Her search comes up successful as she lands herself a job as a tutor of British Etiquette at the very prestigious House of Social Graces. This ...more
Beth
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Silvano's novel, House of Social Graces, is set in prestigious London through the eyes of Rose, a relatable young women from the states. She is ambitious, well-mannered, and eager to thrive during her time abroad.While working across the pond, Rose is challenged by her uptight, tyrant of a boss. Rose is learning how to balance her social life and her work goals.The last thing she expects to balance is love. Enter Francis- A handsome New Yorker who offers her a soft place to land among the c ...more
Tara Watson
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came at just the right time for me. I had been slugging my way through a book that I just wasn’t feeling. After deciding that I shouldn’t waste time on a book I’m not enjoying I decided to put it away and try something else - House of Social Graces.

Rose is a woman from USA living in the UK and looking for a job to ensure she keeps her visa to stay in London. Enter the House of Social Graces. Rose counts down the days until her probation is over and she’s secured her visa, even though h
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Amy
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Rose Mendes had one dream since she was a little girl and that was to live abroad. But not just anywhere abroad, in London. Now after teaching English in other countries and saving money she is finally living in London. In order to stay, due to Brexit, she must find a job and gain a work visa ... and she doesn’t have much time. After several failed attempts at getting a job, Rose gets an interview for a tutoring position at The House of Social Graces which is a posh finishing school for girls. L ...more
Shannon
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Mendes is a girl who has always dreamed of living and working in London. After grad school at Kings College, her student visa is about to expire. Desperate to stay in London, Rose begins applying for teaching jobs. One of those applications was for the posh House of Social Graces.

When Rose is offered the job of British Etiquette Tutor by CEO Caroline Jones, she can’t believe her luck. All that changed on the first day. Instead of working in the pristine conditions of the upper floors, Rose
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Ladonne15
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I completely enjoyed reading House of Social Graces by Lucy Silvano. It was such a pleasure to read such a strong debut book. I loved the main character, Rose Mendes, who is an American working at the House of Social Graces as an etiquette tutor. The book is set in London. Her boss, Caroline Jones, is fairly toxic, so that adds a lot to the plot. Rose’s roommate, Maddie and her co-tutor, Emma are well-developed characters and add much fun to the novel. By chance Rose meets Francis, her love inte ...more
Brooke || FindingMyFavoriteBook
GENRE: Women’s Fiction

SETTING: London | #Brexit

PLOT: Rose Mendes has always dreamed of living and working in London. So, when she lands a job as an etiquette tutor at the posh House of Social Graces, she feels she’s on her way to secure her permanent status as a Londoner. That is, until she meets her nasty boss Caroline and a handsome American named Francis...

OPINION: What an enjoyable read! The writing was so descriptive, I felt like I was sitting in the dingy basement alongside Rose! And Fran
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Morgan Studer
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a posh school of manners in 2016 London, House of Social Graces is a breezy fun read. Meet Rose Mendes, a Californian living her dream as an expat in London at the time of Brexit. As a newly hired tutor, the only American on staff, she’s learning how to fit in among her new co-workers and stand up to a high strung, impossible boss, all the while figuring out what she truly wants and flirting with love.

A comedy of manners following one girl’s quest to make her childhood dream her reality,
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Nicki
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for literature that profiles a female main character who sets out to make a life for herself and find her independence and feel empowered in the process. House of Social Graces fits this bill!
This book provides a fun story of a main character who moves to the London area to be a tutor in the prestigious House of Social Graces, teaching etiquette to young students. While this should be a dream job, she finds she has to stand up for herself and that in which she believes. Of course t
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Melissa
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and charming novel! The author’s writing style is lovely. This was a quick, easy, and enjoyable
read. The main character was very relatable and I enjoyed that this novel takes place essentially in present time. I think it would be a fun book club read, especially for 20 somethings just starting in the work world. The story is about a young American girl working in a fancy finishing school in England. Manners are of utmost importance & she learns much about life and love along the w
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Tahira Tahsin
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing novel by a debut novelist. I loved the chic lit women fiction. Rose who was raised up in San Fransisco secures a job in London and continues to live in British area.Her relationship with Francis is really cute and it'll catch the reader's attention mostly.I loved this novel because the character Rose is very relatable and very inspiring to every working women. The novel is very practical and I recommend it to female readers specially. And I believe author Lucy Silvano deserves mo ...more
Emmy Griffith
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I'm a sucker for almost any story set in England - add in some great characters and a good love story and I'm sold! This book was heartwarming, funny, and left me wanting the story to continue. Great read!
Erin Wyman
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s like Louisa Clark in The Devil Wears Prada, except American girl in London with British etiquette. Cute and easy read. I was rooting for Rose the entire time.
 Gemma
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Silvano kindly sent me the ebook to review

Lucy Silvano describes the locations and characters in such wonderful detail that I became lost in the story. I loved the relationship of Rose and Francis, a sweet romance. The character of Caroline is very Devil Wears Prada which I also love. Overall it was an enjoyable read, a very strong debut novel. Looking forward to reading the next.

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Jacq Hunter
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming chic-lit read! Lucy Silvano has the gift of including worldly experience and creating lovable characters in her writing! I love how she included London, San Francisco, and New York City! Rose, Maddie, and Emma are all relatable lovable characters that you want to hang out with! And You want to date Francis! And I feel like most everyone has had a boss like Caroline at some point in their life! Mini cupcakes & bubbly 🥂🧁would be perfect for this fun read!
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LUCY SILVANO was born and raised in California. She earned a BA in English from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Wanderlust at heart, she has lived abroad teaching English, tutoring British etiquette and writing prose while exploring different cities. Lucy currently lives in London with her husband and is working on her next n ...more