Girl in Red Velvet by Margaret James

12th June 2017

What the publisher says:

Will loving two men tear your heart apart?
It’s the 1960s and Lily Denham is about to begin her studies at Oxford University.
On her first day she meets Harry Gale and Max Farley, two fellow undergraduates who are both full of mischievous charm. The three of them become firm great friends and enjoy exploring everything Oxford has to offer, from riotous parties to punting up the river on sunny afternoons.
However, something threatens to disrupt the fun, because Lily soon realises she’s falling for both of her new-found friends, men who might offer her two very different futures – but who will she pick? Harry is generous and kind, reliable and trustworthy. Max embodies the spirit of the sixties; adventurous and rebellious, but possibly a little bit dangerous as well.
As university ends and Lily struggles to make her mark on the vibrant fashion scene, she must make a decision. But she soon becomes aware that the wrong decision could have devastating consequences for her own future and for Max’s and Harry’s futures, too …

What I say:

Lily is torn between the two men she meets on her first day at university.  They are Max and Harry who have been friends since childhood and are inseparable.   In appearance they are very similar but their personalities are very different, one is lively and adventurous and one is steady and reliable.  Which one does she choose?

I enjoyed this book immensely.  It is set in the sixties which is before my time but this didn’t matter as there was enough detail about the time without it feeling like a lesson in the era.  All three of the characters are likeable and well-rounded.  I found myself feeling sympathetic towards all of them at some point.  The story is original and most importantly, not predictable.

 

Rating 4 out of 5

 

 



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