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.