Review #7 Lace by Shirley Conran
This book was extensive. Over 700 pages, in fact (according to my Kindle). But, let me tell you… It’s a dang good story! This is told in different POVs, each character having their own thoughts and perspective. This allows for a very good in-depth visual of each character, since each character is a main character. There really isn’t a secondary out of these four, to me, and they were each well portrayed.
We will begin with the initial plot which, I must say, is simple. Four women went to a school together and lived as close friends. So close, every secret, problem and reward belonged to all of them as a group. They never took something on alone, including pregnancy.
Maxine, Kate, Judy and Pagan had very different personalities. But they were all women who went to a strict school that believed in purity. No dating or anything like that. Very old fashioned. So it’s safe to say that they were a bit wound up. Rebellious. But still virgins.
I won’t go into great detail because of how extensive this review would be, but the setting begins in the “present” before the chapters rewind to these school days. Lili, a superstar, invites these women to her home for different reasons. Interior decorating consultation, an interview and a couple other things. All four have different reasons. When they arrive, close to the same time, they’re surprised to see each other. They want to leave, in fact. Why? Because their friendship was split. Confused? Don’t worry, that’s when we rewind to the school days. This confused me at first, but I understood quick enough for it to be okay.
As I said before, these women were in school together and they shared a close bond. Their bond brought them to doing many things at about the same time, including losing their virginity and, well, you can figure that out when you read. One of them becomes pregnant, but all four remain close, each claiming the baby as their own. As soon as one can afford it, that one will take the baby in and raise it. In other words, it’s foster care until then. Kinda.
So, Lili, it’s safe to say, is that baby. Many things happened in this past time that brought the four women to where they are. They thought they lost the baby and, secretly, none of them seemed to actually want to take the baby on. Then, when they couldn’t find the foster family, the baby seemed dead anyway.
That part is complicated, and I watched the movie, too, so my review is mixing with the movie in my mind because, really, a lot of this book is missing in the adaptation. That point will not be prominent in this review.
So Lili has had an extremely hard life of sexual abuse, her own pregnancy and many other things, so she wants each of these women to pay for not claiming her (since she doesn’t know which is her mother.). All she can do is wait it out and hope one admits to it, but none of the women really believe she’s telling the truth. Remember, they thought their daughter had died.
As the story draws to an end, you pick up on the clues that were dropped, and you may have already figured out who it was. I’m not giving it away. It’s a wonderful mystery, but a simple one. And it ends very well, though I don’t know that I will read the sequel.
All in all, this was a well written novel. I loved the mystery and the complex situation built on a simple circumstance. The characters had their own, individual, feel and I fell in love with each one for different reasons. Even Lili who I think is a brat, but life hasn’t been nice to her, with that said.
I do recommend this as a read, but only if you are willing to read that many pages. The movie is different, though. It only incorporates three of the four characters. So don’t watch the movie as you read… Then you’ll know, right away, one of the women you can check off the “Who’s your momma” list.
Have a wonderful day and may God bless it along with your weekend.