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Die unentdeckten Talente der Miss Merrywell:…

Die unentdeckten Talente der Miss Merrywell: Roman (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2015)

av Eva Rice (Autor)

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Country girl Tara is whisked off to '60s London to become a star, there she is dressed, she is shown off at Chelsea parties, photographed by the best. She meets songwriters, singers, designers, and records her song. And she falls in love - with two men. Behind the buzz and excitement of her success, the bitterness between her elder sister Lucy and her friend Matilda haunts Tara. Their past friendship is broken and among the secrets and the strangeness of both their marriages, the past keeps on reappearing.… (mer)
Titel:Die unentdeckten Talente der Miss Merrywell: Roman
Författare:Eva Rice (Autor)
Info:Blanvalet Verlag (2015), 640 pages
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The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp av Eva Rice (2013)



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I really loved this book. I can't believe how long I had to wait for it after Eva Rice's last book, [b:The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets|259912|The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets|Eva Rice|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1388349897s/259912.jpg|870019]. I'm really hungry for more. Rice creates characters that I would like to know myself. When I read her books I feel like I've been pulled into the pages. ( )
  sscarllet | Nov 20, 2014 |
There should be a government health warning on the cover of this book, for people with diabetes. The whole thing is just so fantastically saccharine and tied up neatly with little pink bows that I can only pray the author was being ironic. And the London scene of the 1960s is so scantily evoked - limited to a boutique on the King's Road, a Victorian house in Chelsea and Brian Jones at the Marquee Club - that I didn't even get that satisfaction, pardon the pun. About the only part I did enjoy was Lucy's love of old buildings, and even that felt tacked on.

The first few chapters were pleasant enough, sort of Mary Wesley does Pride and Prejudice, but then when the eponymous Tara Jupp is 'discovered' by the record-producing new husband of her sister's friend and catapulted down to London to transformed into 'Cherry Merrywell' (I kid you not), the rot set in. All the sickly-sweet coincidences and nauseating dialogues of self-discovery started me speed-reading through the rest of the book before my teeth started to decay. 'I didn't think people actually said that sort of thing in real life', Tara comments at one point, leading me to suspect that Eva Rice was being intentionally melodramatic. A suspicion reinforced when another character tells her, 'You can't go through life sorting everything out like that. Life isn't sweet like that'. Aha! I thought, this must be a parody of exactly those type of lightweight 'airport' novels, where the teenage girl gets to sing on stage at the Palladium, the traumatized young wife who can't have children helps save the life of her friend's baby, and yes, 'everyone ends up dancing in the arms of their one and only intended love'. Sounds harsh, but those final chapters of vomit-inducing HEAs tipped me over the edge.

Literally the only saving grace is the author's love for old houses, which is bestowed upon Tara's incredibly beautiful sister Lucy to give her an ounce of personality. 'You can see past tomorrow and past yesterday, and you know that one day someone's going to step inside this house and thank God it stayed how it was'. Sadly, about the only plausible ending in the book is that the Chelsea townhouse is demolished, despite Lucy's Photographic Memory for Houses (Trademark) and great personal beauty.

The characters are paper thin, the plodding plot is glued together with a series of unlikely events, and the author's favourite word seems to be 'gulp'. If you can put up with all that for a lot of nudge-nudge references to the Rolling Stones and four completely predictable romances, then you're a braver reader than I (with more time on your hands)! ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Oct 11, 2013 |
Take one big happy family; add some horses, a big country manor in Cornwall, plus doses of first love which doesn’t go easily. Shake it up and relocate to London; mix with rock’n’roll and serve with love again. This is the essential recipe for Eva Rice’s new novel, a thick and satisfying feel-good read.
It’s the story of Lucy and Tara, third and sixth of eight children in the Jupp family. Pa is a country vicar, Ma died some years ago. Lucy is a beauty who loves old buildings (Pevsner is her bible), whereas Tara can sing but prefers horses. Sneaking a ride on their neighbour’s steeds and becoming friends with poor little rich girl Matilda, the daughter of the Manor, will change Tara and Lucy’s lives forever, ending up with Tara becoming a pop star at seventeen in the ready-to-swing London of the early 1960s.
Lucy and Tara are strong young women who want to experience life in full. Lucy’s relationship with her husband may be troubled, but Tara’s coming of age and first real romance with photographer Digby, (obviously based on David Bailey) is fun. Matilda continues to feature too, becoming a mainstay in their lives.
This is a big-hearted novel about achieving your dreams, and while it may not spring any big surprises, the characters are rounded and compelling to read about. My only quibble was that it ended just as the 60s were about to really take off, and I’d have loved to read more.
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  gaskella | Apr 6, 2013 |
I adore Eva Rice's The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, so I was rather excited when I discovered she had finally written another novel.

Something I would have liked to know before I read this: it 's a companion novel, an almost-sequel to The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets.
I was expecting characters from The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets to make subtle cameos, but not for one character to make a substantial appearance, nor for major events from the end of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets to be discussed at such length. It's not a problem, because I've read The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, I know what happens, but the unexpectedness of it was ... distracting. Once I got over that, I enjoyed this very much.

Ostensibly, The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp is about a vicar's youngest daughter who is heard singing at a wedding and offered an opportunity to make a record in London under the name Cherry Merrywell. She's "plunged" into a 1960s world of "fashion, music and heartache, all in a city were skirts are being hitched as fast as the past is being pulled down", to quote the blurb. And that's a good summary for part of the story.

But it begins in the 1950s. This seems like a slow, meandering beginning if you're expecting 17 year old Tara singing in London. Except this isn't just a prelude to the main event. Tara's experiences growing up are interesting and important, because this story is really about Tara and her oldest sister, how they are affected by their mother's death, and how Tara's obsession with horses and Lucy's obsession with stately homes lead to them befriending Matilda, who lives at Trellanack House. That's the heart of this book, perhaps more than Tara's love of music: Tara's relationship with her sister, Lucy's passion for "Grand Houses", and Lucy's friendship with Matilda.

It's not quite as charming nor as poignant as The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. Tara's London is a bit wilder and less comfortable than Penelope's - and Tara's faced with people who want to rebrand her, turn her into someone else.
Occasionally the story threatens to become melodramatic - but it never does. Despite potential soap opera material, despite the mistakes and misunderstandings and conflict, it presents a positive view of the relationships between sisters and friends and lovers - and a positive view of the characters who make those mistakes. I really liked that.

Tara has seven siblings in total, and I love how she's always talking about them, because they're such an important part of her life. The Jupps are family of strong personalities. Although the trip to London is important for both Tara and Lucy in working out what they want from life, my favourite parts were when they were in Cornwall with the rest of their family, sitting around the kitchen in the Rectory.
I also love Lucy's passion for beautiful old buildings, because it's a passion I share (even if I am much less knowledgeable than Lucy is).

Lucy had a way of talking about these places that made them come alive in blazing colour. "That place won't be standing in two years' time," she predicted. "And we just sit back and watch it all disappear. All that work. All that time spent building something that should last forever."
I thought she was going to cry.
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  Herenya | Mar 15, 2013 |
This book – set in the 1950s and 1960s, is a charming coming-of-age story. It tells the story of (and is narrated by) Tara Jupp, a young girl who grows up in the shadow of her older sister Lucy’s beauty. However, Tara has one thing that Lucy doesn’t have, and that is a fabulous singing voice. When she is discovered by the record making husband of an old friend, Tara is spirited from her home in Cornwall, to the bright lights of London, where she is transformed into Cherry Merrywell, the city’s latest singing sensation. Tara attends glamorous parties, meets exciting men (falling in love with two of them), and experiences the effect of fame…but will she be able to keep hold of who she really is, or will Tara Jupp be lost forever to Cherry Merrywell?

I was looking forward to reading this book, as I had thoroughly enjoyed Eva Rice’s previous novel, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. In fact, some of the characters from that book are also in this one (but this novel is not a sequel, and you do not have to have read the previous book prior to reading this one). I was glad that I read it – I enjoyed the story a lot.

Tara was an endearing and loveable narrator, and I felt that the author really captured all the pain, pleasure and confusion of being a teenager. I also liked the frustrating but impossible-not-to-like Lucy; and Clover, Tara’s mentor in London.

The feel of the 1960s came through well, and there was a lovely nod to the Rolling Stones, who of course broke onto the scene in spectacular fashion in 1962.

The story flowed beautifully, and although the book came in at over 500 pages, it did not feel like a particularly long novel (and there was no sense of ploughing through it, which I sometimes get with books of that length, if they don’t hold my attention). There were a couple of places where I felt it could have done with a bit of editing – Tara’s age in relation to Lucy seemed to jump about a bit (unless it was me getting confused), and at one point a character was telling a story from his childhood which he said happened when he was three, but in the very next paragraph, it was happening when he was five! However, I should perhaps mention that my copy of the book was a proof copy, and it may well be that these slight errors are not in the finished copy.

Overall, this was a delightful and sweet story of a young girl’s adolescence, lived in extraordinary circumstances. I would recommend it, and I look forward to reading more of Eva Rice’s novels in the future. ( )
  Ruth72 | Dec 13, 2012 |
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Country girl Tara is whisked off to '60s London to become a star, there she is dressed, she is shown off at Chelsea parties, photographed by the best. She meets songwriters, singers, designers, and records her song. And she falls in love - with two men. Behind the buzz and excitement of her success, the bitterness between her elder sister Lucy and her friend Matilda haunts Tara. Their past friendship is broken and among the secrets and the strangeness of both their marriages, the past keeps on reappearing.

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