(2 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Set in the 1920s, Debutantes introduces us to the artistic and ambitious Derrington sisters - Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose. Stuck in an enormous, crumbling old country house, they long to go to London to take in the bright lights, glitter and glamour of the Roaring Twenties - but with little money to spare, they don't think they'll ever have much chance of making their debut in society.

In the meantime though, the girls have plenty of creative activities to keep them busy. Daisy dreams of becoming a famous film director, her twin sister Poppy yearns to be a jazz musician, and younger sister Rose, is beginning to think she might be a writer. Meanwhile, beautiful eldest sister Violet has only one dream: to become the perfect debutante and make an impressive match with a rich and eligible bachelor. When unexpected circumstances find the four girls heading to London after all, there's the chance for them all to make their dreams come true. But their new plans are also set to uncover some long-buried family secrets...

Cora Harrison creates a delightful portrait of a bohemian family in an eccentric country house, as well as a lively 1920s London complete with jazz music and plenty of extravagant flapper frocks, in this charming novel. With shades of I Capture the Castle and Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love, this is a light, fun and appealing story about family, friendship and following your dreams.

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