review page logo

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

by Eva Rice

THE LOST ART OF KEEPING SECRETS, set in 1954 - 1955 is more than a fluent and very enjoyable love story.

Although Eva Rice fails to resuscitate a war ravaged country house, she describes an evolving generation to a T. Gleefully, but with compassion, she makes light work of the heavier-than-air predicament of the young.

Given a good editor and a modern setting, her next book could be a classic. I loved the book but could not help being aware of Enid Blyton and Nancy Mitford lurking in the walled garden and behind the suits of armour. I hope she will write with confidence of now or just yesterday. She has no need of dead poets: today is her time, her style and her joy. We need her
now, with her breath of genius, we really do.

Reviewed by Paula, who, like Charlotte and Penelope, was a bright young thing in the 1950s.

There is a reading group guide on Headline's new site for book groups

If your group is registered with us you can claim a free copy of this great novel. Just email us at and tell us the name of your group and the town under which it is registered.


Recommend this site to a friend

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter