This review is by guest reviewer/blogger Sharon.
Lace – Shirley Conran
This book starts out in Switzerland in the 50’s, with the friendship that develops between three girls at a boarding school and a waitress their same age who works at the local restaurant. This group quickly forms a strong bond and we follow them until they graduate. The book then skips several years and we then follow them as they continue to grow until they are in their 40’s. Interspersed, we read about Lili, who is sixteen years younger and her life until she is around 30. Near the end of the book, we find out how the stories all converge and find out some shocking information.
As the characters grow and learn, they deal with the typical teenage issues and the pains that come with growing up. Without adults around them though they form some of their own opinions which may or may not be correct and some of their decisions may not be the best.
I think I need to quit reading books that jump around from character to character and to different time frames, as I got confused by this aspect of the book. Thankfully, there were fewer characters than the last book I read like this so I was able to sort myself out sooner.
This book was a decent one for what it is. It definitely did not have my glued to my seat and eager to keep on reading, but is great content for bus reading or something else where you maybe don’t need to concentrate as much.
There is a sequel to go with this book for those that like to know what happens next. It is about half as thick as the original, but still a good length.