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***Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
This narrative took place in London but alternated between present day and the Blitz.
Eva and Precious are two struggling models, living and working together and quickly becoming best friends. Precious is an American immigrant and Eva is trying to escape her unsavoury rural upbringing. Eva is the protagonist here and London through her eyes is captivating; her attempts to reinvent herself are earnest and compelling, even if she may be naive to what is happening outside of her bubble. I really enjoyed this part of the story, even if at times I just wanted to shake Eva and tell her to just be honest with people! It seems a lot of hardship and heartbreak could have been avoided.
Maddie is interviewing Precious about her life’s work in fashion. She’s known Precious’ adoptive family since college, although it seems hard to believe she actually would hold on to any friendships for this long. Honestly, this was the most frustrating part of this storyline. The only people left in Maddie’s life are friends and family who don’t care that she refuses to visit or share information or let them all the way in. It seems incredibly unrealistic that anyone would still be trying to connect with her considering how many times she’s rebuffed their advances.
Overall, this was a fairly harmless story. It was a little too heavy-handed and overworked for me to truly enjoy it but I appreciated the attempt.
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