Two sisters fight to assert themselves after being plunged into devastating poverty following their father's death.
Luckily, their natural flair for design soon finds them in demand as dressmakers.
Beatrice is the elder and apparently wiser of the two, who considers herself plain and unmarriageable and whose relationship with society photographer, Jack Maddox, is seared with conflict and doubt.
Her younger sister is Evangeline, ravishingly beautiful, the victim of chancers, philanderers and rogues - but most of all the victim of her own desires.
Throughout all their private turmoils, their professional goal is constant: to establish a fashion house in London to rival any in Paris.
Based on the massively successful television series created by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, this is the full story of Beatrice and Evangeline, and of the strength and triumph, bitterly made decisions and anguishes that accompanied the rise of The House of Eliott.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 02/12/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781447200086
- EPUB from £6.39
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Review by wyvernfriend
Doesn't add a huge amount to the story, slight changes but overall very much the story as seen on TV, the cousin in the book is a different kettle of fish from the TV and some of what happens in the TV series wouldn't have happened in the book.It's not a bad read, adds a little to the women's characters but overall pretty predictable.