The Girl with the Golden Scissors
From the bestselling author of The Lioness of Morocco and The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter, the story of an ambitious young woman discovering friendship, love, and her own identity on the eve of World War I.
Christmas 1889. A baby is born in the early hours at Vienna General Hospital, only to be abandoned by her unwed mother and entrusted to a foundling home and its lovin...more
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Franny was born in 1889 in Vienna only to be abandoned by her unwed mother. She is cared for, lovingly, at a foundling home where she grows into a precocious child and a talented young woman. Ultimately, she finds herself as an apprentice in one of the most prestigious fashion houses in Austria-Hungary. Isn't it interesting how many of these young women end up in fashion houses? ...more
"The Girl With the Golden Scissors" is an historical fiction novel which takes place in Vienna and Hungary in the periods just before and during The First World War.
It concerns a young woman, born in an orphanage to an anonymous well bred unwed mother, who is lucky enough to be raised by a loving foster mother. She grows into a st ...more
It starts out at Christmas 1889 in Vienna. A baby girl is born in the early hours at Vienna General Hospital, only to be abandoned by her unwed mother and entrusted to a foundling home and its loving caretaker. All the events in this novel was based on a real foundling home. The girl is now a young lady, Fanny, and strives to make a living for herself but is always finding tha ...more
Historical fiction is a genre I like to read during the winter months. The Girl With the Golden Scissors is the story of an illegitimate child of the Austro-Hungarian empire, became an independent woman, and an essential person in the fashion industry before and during WWI.
It is the first time that I am reading a book that the perspective is from the losing part ...more
This story of a Viennese girl born in a foundling home at the turn of the 20th century is very dry and shallow.
The main character, Fanny, is shallow and unlikeable. She is raised by an administrator of the foundling home and as she becomes old enough to go out into the world on her own she causes her own problems many times over.
The story is tedious and the plot is all over the map as Fanny works in various homes as a personal maid to wealthy girls. None of the characters have any ...more
The writing was very engaging even though it was translated from the original German. I enjoyed the multiple povs since I'm pretty sure I would've been completely bored by a singular narrative by the heroine. However, beyond the storytelling style and the nice historical details, the characters were just not that likable. Except for Izabella and Max's parents and Helene, I didn't like anybody else. And since none of them was a MC, I could ...more
Time period: just before and during WWI
Setting: Europe, specifically Austria-Hungary
Oh, the things money can buy. Like anonymity during childbirth. The main character was born during Christmas to parents who wished to remain anonymous. Through a series of unfortunate events, she g ...more
"D'you know, I've been thinking about the first time we ever came here, and now this whole place is yours! I'm so proud of you. Not just for that but because of the way you didn't ...more
I won the K ...more
* Any story of WWI that ignores the Spanish Flu has missed half the story right off the bat.
* Leaving Jewish characters in Austria, the home of the future fuhrer, at the end of WWI without any hint of the coming holocaust was again leaving an important story untold.
* The very idea that one kiss would make an umarried woman ready to lose her virginity during a time of no birth control and few women's rights is just not realistic and provided no foundation for the great love story of the ...more
What I did not like was the romance between Max and Fanny. It felt forced initially, I did not like how in the end, she and Max were together (the writing made it make perfect sense, but ...more
The story incompasses the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the 1890s u ...more
The story immediately draws you in. And as it progresses, you become increasingly invested in the characters. At the center of it all, the gutsy heroine has so many ups and downs, it keeps you on your toes. Some of her woes are more or less self-inflicted, but I found myself cheering for her nonetheless. While the main character steals the show (as she with the flair of the golden scissors, how can she not?), the other characters have enough color to elicit emotion fo ...more
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