Author: Cora Harrison
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (2nd April 2012)
IT’S 1923 AND LONDON IS A WHIRL OF JAZZ, DANCING AND PARTIES.
Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.
Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country.
But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans – ruin everything – forever.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Debutantes by Cora Harrison is a stand-alone novel that tells the story of the Derrington sisters. They live in Beech Grove Manor with their father, aunt and a skeleton of staff, as the Derringtons have very little money. Violet is almost eighteen and dreams of being a Debutante and marrying well; her younger sisters have different dreams.