02 May 2012

Alys, Always ~ Harriet Lane

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A cheeky little plot with a scheming "heroine"
Subtle, slow development

This is one of those interesting books where you are not quite sure if you like the central character or not.  Frances is manipulative little wallflower who more than makes the most of the situation to feather her own nest.  And she never does anything bad, no one necessarily gets hurt ... she just makes sure that things work to her advantage.  But she is a cunning piece-of-work!

This is an easy read.  It is a peep in the window of Frances' boring, downtrodden publishing world as she puts her toe in the door of the more privileged world of famous author Laurence Kyte.  Observations are wryly funny and sharp.