The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

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Set in 1950s London, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets centers around Penelope, the wide- eyed daughter of a legendary beauty, Talitha, who lost her husband to the war. Penelope, with her mother and brother, struggles to maintain their vast and crumbling ancestral home—while postwar London spins toward the next decade’s cultural revolution. Penelope wants nothing more than to fall in love, and when her new best friend, Charlotte, a free spirit in the young society set, drags Penelope into London with all of its grand parties, she sets in motion great change for them all. Charlotte’s mysterious and attractive brother Harry uses Penelope to make his American ex-girlfriend jealous, with unforeseen consequences, and a dashing, wealthy American movie producer arrives with what might be the key to Penelope’s— and her family’s—future happiness. Vibrant, witty, and filled with vivid historical detail, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is an utterly unique debut novel about a time and place just slipping into history.






 

About Eva Rice

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Eva Rice is the daughter of lyricist Tim Rice. She is a London Times bestselling novelist, a young musician, and mother living in London.
 
Published March 27, 2007 by Plume. 450 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Eighteen-year-old Penelope Wallace is quietly biding her time.

Jan 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Curious Book Fans

On the surface, Eva Rice’s debut novel The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets seems almost like “chick lit”.

Jan 29 2013 | Read Full Review of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Write Meg

Add in the fact that’s historical fiction — set in the 1950s, one of my favorite time periods — and that it deals, all at once and never heavy-handedly, with themes of grief, loss, death, hope, love and, of course, the classic coming-of-age tale, and I can say right now: I’m not sure how I could ...

Dec 18 2009 | Read Full Review of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

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