I did it, I’ve finally finished another book!
So here I am then with another book review.
Published in 2012 Park Lane was the first novel from Frances Osbourne, who has since had work featured in Richard & Judy’s book club.
The book is set in London between the years 1914 and 1923. It focuses on the lives of two young women from contrasting class backgrounds. Both girls are hiding secrets about their lives that conflict with conventional duty.
The book provides an insight into the campaign for women’s right to vote from both the Suffragist and Suffragette view point. Personally I hadn’t realised before that there was a difference, so I have learnt something new.
It also demonstrates how the effect of the great war on the people of London didn’t discriminate between classes.
As a fan of novels in historical settings this didn’t disappoint. I was particulate captured by the character Bee’s accounts as she becomes more embroiled in the more extreme and dangerous suffragette movement and how this conflicts with her upper class prim and proper background.
I also enjoyed how the characters lives are all inter-woven in some way , though they are not aware of this. This brings up complications and misunderstandings in the later part of the book.
I found the book to be well written, engaging and historically accurate as far as it could be, considering the main characters are fictional. Without giving too much away, there isn’t necessarily a happy ending for all the main characters which I found very honest.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys early twentieth century history or has an interest in learning more about the early ideologies of feminism.
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If you have any book recommendations for me do let me know in the comments section.