Book Review

‘Park Lane’ by Frances Osborne

pl foSTORY: London, February 1914. Eighteen year-old Grace Campbell arrives in London from Carlisle, her family’s hopes pinned on her becoming a secretary. The only job she can find is as a housemaid in the mansion that is Number 35, Park Lane, and soon she is entangling herself in an ever-thickening web of lies.

Upstairs, a jilted and humiliated Beatrice Masters is determined not to return to the New York of her childhood before she has salvaged her pride. She secretly joins Emmeline Pankhurst’s militant suffragettes and is steadily drawn into the violence rocking the city.

But Grace and Beatrice’s existences are not as parallel as they seem. Little do they realize that their hidden lives and emotions will soon be revolving around the same man – or that the coming war will change the boundaries of both their worlds for ever.

REVIEW: ‘Park Lane’ is a novel that captures that most evolving time in history – the turn of the century. Society is changing along with industrial improvements and inventions. It presents the dedicated work and pain that the suffragettes endured to get the vote for women.

We also see the changes of England as World War I approaches. The differences between the “haves” and “have nots” are clearly depicted. The suffering of the soldiers as the war is in full swing and the sacrifices of not only the soldiers but the women volunteers as well is described in depth. Not a pretty thing but oh so real.

I found Park Lane to be a very intriguing novel that kept me captive right up to the very end. The author obviously put an enormous amount of research into it.

Connie for b2b


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