Book Review - The Jewel Box - Anna Davis

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I seem to have hit a brick wall with my reading. I finished The Glass Painter Daughter at the end of February and try as I might I haven't been able to get into a book. I've tried three. Porno by Irvine Welsh. I tried reading this last year and I'm a good chunk in but I can't get into the accent. Maybe I need to start it again from the beginning. The next book I can't remember the name of but it's set in the late 1960s on The American Oil base in the Arabian dessert. The blurb sounds ace. When a small town girl is swept into the glamours world of life on base, parties, a chance to write for a paper and a group of glamours friends, life takes a turn when her husband is accused of murder. Sounds good right? I'm about half way and i'm a bit bored. Nothing has really happened and I've given up on it. 

Last weekend I had a day out in Skipton and went a bit overboard in the charity shops and bought The Jewel Box by Anna Davis. It was only 50p and sounded like a fun read. It's taken me a week but I did read all of it and Have started on my 15th book. 

1) About the book

Set in 1920s London, Grace is a copywritter by day and and the socialite Diamond Sharp by night. She gets to go to all the best clubs, drink the best cocktails and is well ahead of her trends but in her day she is struggling with the pressures of her day job where women are still not treated equally and striving to be treated so.

She is the daughter of a suffragette, sister to a widowed mum of two and is the family bread winner. 

The story follows her life and when she gets romantically involved with a cad and mixed up with his previous rival, she has to decide which is telling the truth if either of them.

2) What did you like about the book?

I really like parts of this book and I kept forgetting it was set in the 1920s. If it was set in present times she would have been a blogger. Events, reviews, the latest trends. How to get your bob just on point! 

I also liked how the events of the era were mentioned, Lindenburg crossing the Atlantic, The fight still for the Womens vote. Trends of the Era. Effects of the First World War.

There were a couple of twists, some were easy to guess others were

3) What did you dislike about the book?

Some parts of the book were a bit too obvious and I felt like there were too many characters. One appeared and I have no idea where they came from, who they are but they seemed to pop up later in the book at a meal for Grace and I couldn't work out who they were. I might go back and see if I can trace them. 

4) Round up 
A fun read. It was a quick and easy read and I liked the mix of Diamond and Grace. If you like chick lit books it's worth a read. 

5) Marks out of 5

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  1. I've found so many books I've read recently are throwing characters in left right and centre! I recently gave up on a book because of that reason. It sounds a very good book though, I'll see if I can pick up a copy!

  2. This is worth a read, it got me back in the reading mood. I've half way through my next book x


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