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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  7 reviews
An irresistibly witty and charming comedy of manners examining the effect of long-ago events on one woman's search for a fairytale ending in the present
Meet Dora Jerusalem, features assistant to the assistant features editor of Modern Woman, a glossy magazine whose employees are all thin, rich, and beautiful.  New to London and desperate to succeed, Dora is drawn into a w
Paperback, 342 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Elliott Thompson (first published 2008)
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Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Argh. This is a difficult book to rate. There's lots in it that's very good - the characters are interesting and the book had me hooked early on - but the second half is a bit odd and the pacing is weird. There are bits where the characters seem to act wildly out of character... and I just couldn't understand why Dora would wait for Guy. As in, just ... wait. For fifteen years. Surely you'd see each other more than once? Drop them a postcard or something?

It just seemed weird, especially as I cou
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
One Apple Tasted is Josa Young’s debut novel that she self-published a few years ago, the book has finally found a mainstream publisher and was subsequently re-released. One Apple Tasted is a book I had never even heard of until I was approached to review it for the site. I thought it sounded intriguing and was pleased to not be disappointed.

One Apple Tasted begins in 1982 just as Dora Jerusalem is about to meet the man who will become the love of her life, Guy Boleyn. At first it’s easy to see
Jo Barton
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Set between several very different time frames, One Apple Tasted explores the boundaries between love, friendship and those indefinable moments which can change the course of a life in a heartbeat. The story opens in 1982, on St Agnes Eve, when according to Keats... “..Young virgins might have visions of delight...” and for Dora Jerusalem meeting the charming Guy Boleyn at a party offers a very charming vision of delight. I enjoyed getting to know Dora; she is product of her time. I remember tha ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
People, I SHOULD NOT READ FICTION because once I start I have a really difficult time putting a book down and it makes me less productive.

But anyway, I did read this. Started it one evening in bed when I was weary, didn't get into it at first, then returned to it last weekend. And I'm happy to say, it's a good one. And exceptionally good considering I paid £.99 in an Amazon sale.

The main characters are all well drawn and Dora in particular is quite sympathetic. The story line is a slow burn an
Isabel Wolff
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A lovely and unusual book with a vintage feel - it's set in the 1980s, then goes back to the '40s and '50s before returning to the present day and the spilling of family secrets. The wedding scene in particular was so vivid it made me miss my stop on the Picadilly line! Highly recommended.
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
From the cover I was expecting a light, frothy story but I was unexpectedly surprised to find it was funny, moving and an enjoyable read.
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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I wanted to like Dora, I really did. Its just the more I got to know her the less I cared about her. She was just a bit drab and dull. I think she was supposed to be written as different than the other cosmopolitan ladies in her social circle, and more down to earth. It worked, a little too well, she was so homely and down to earth she didn't appear to have a personality.

I sort of wanted to like Guy, but well he's sort of just a spoiled cad who does whatever he wants. I found it hard to root fo
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