Spring Collection: A Book Review


If a book makes it to my bookshelf it stays there until it is read. At that point it will either be recycled or, if I have loved the narrative enough, I will move it to the bookshelf of books I can’t bear to part with. When I wanted to choose a book to take with me to Egypt I chose one that I was fairly confident I would be happy to leave behind and one which would also be able to be read where it wouldn’t matter if there were distractions going on around me making my reading somewhat disjointed. The book I chose was Judith Krantz’s Spring Collection.

I have to admit that I didn’t open it until the end of our holiday when we were reclining on the MS Sarah floating languidly down the Nile and I only opened it then because I needed to make space in my haversack (I travel light) for items bought. I found that it was somewhat better than I had expected and I found myself returning to it happily.

The story was set in the fashion industry where the House of Loring learnt that three of their new models had won a chance to become the face of Lombardi. The financier of the competition turned out to be the agency’s head, Justine, long unknown father who had learnt of her when Justine’s mother died and sent a scrapbook seeking revenge. One of the conditions was that Justine accompany the models but she pulled out at the last minute sending her second in charge instead. I won’t say more – it is more fun to read the story than get a synopsis of it.

What I particularly liked about this romance novel was that it had more depth than the average romance. The author had obviously researched the fashion industry and I have to admit I learnt a lot or felt that she confirmed facts that I thought I knew but had never checked on. Not only was there one potential romance going on but several and the way she developed the characters made the reader form strong opinions of them, rooting for them at times and hoping they got their comeuppance at others.

Would I recommend this book. – Yes I would particularly if you like romance, fashion or need a book that will survive distractions. It did not make it home to my forever shelves but I left it for some other boat traveller to pick up from the swap book shelves onboard. I wonder how many countries it might eventually travel.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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4 Responses to Spring Collection: A Book Review

  1. That’s a pretty good traveling book, I’d say – one that more than met your expectations. It does sound like a fun book for when you want a light story. And I like your idea of leaving it for another reading traveler to enjoy.

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    • Sometimes you need something like this. It is the one thing I dislike with ereaders that books can’t be passed on and live again in someone else’s world. I used to often dream about where a book had been and where it may have gone after me. I had a friend who was a voracious reader and she at one point lived in Washington and then New Zealand and we would pass books to each other when we caught up. She had friends all over the world and the books were well travelled by the time they came to me and it added an additional layer to may enjoyment.

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    A book like this is “brain candy” and great to take along to travel.

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