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Book review: Lettice & Victoria by Susanna Johnston


* Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Couple of weeks ago, a very dear friend of mine mentioned on twitter something about experimenting with genres. Most of the readers have a certain comfort zone when it comes to picking books. I do enjoy chick lit and I’ve been reading nothing but chick lit for quite some time (exceptions were couple of historical fiction titles and few mystery/crime ones). But basically everything is about chick lit these days for me. And I’m not complaining, I’m familiar with the genre, enjoy it greatly and feel quite safe in my chick lits (I do know what to expect from them).

But I agree, stepping out of the comfort zone is challenging and who knows, it might not just broaden your horizons, but also allow you to discover some fantastic literature you would otherwise miss out on.

Reading ‘Lettice and Victoria’ was quite challenging for me, but at the same time it proved to be a rewording experience. I totally enjoyed this wonderful, little book (in terms of lenght).

While reading it, I couldn’t help but feel like I was at high school again, reading all those magnificent classics I used to back in the days. It also reminded me how much I miss those beautiful and deep books, and of the fact I should re-read some of them. Being older, I know I’d appreciate them more and maybe even see a new dimension to them.

But back to ‘Lettice and Victoria’ now. Honestly, the beautiful writing, the dark humor and the wonderful descriptions in this book make it a little masterpiece.

The plot is centered around Victoria, a young woman who goes to Italy to be a companion to an elderly gentleman, now blind helping him read his favorite books and letters. Soon she’s to marry Edgar but fears strongly his mother, Lettice, a sophisticated and quite demanding lady.

This is definitely a lovely, deep and though provoking book. The writing style is beautiful though not easy, so I assume it might not appeal to younger audience. However, those that will have the opportunity to read it and understand the message and the gorgeous writing, will truly appreciate this little gem. It’s a rather short read, but the length is just perfect and I really loved the short chapters. It’s as if the author knew exactly what is important for the story, there isn’t even a single unnecessary page.

It’s a wonderful, thought provoking tale that portrays the English society during the ’50s. If you’re looking for a fantastic, deep, sophisticated yet funny at times, book – then you have to check this one out.

My rating: 4/5