terribly boring and terribly long. The good part only started in the last
quarter, and had me crying. The other bad part, I was still thinking about this
book a day later and couldn’t wait to read the sequel to see what happens. It
actually had me caring what happened to these people. Probably because my own
life is such shit.
starts in 1963 with the prelude, it’s sad, it sucks, and sets the story for the
rest of the 751 pages of this very 80s covered edition. The story is told
across 63 chapters and 12 parts with chapter 1 being told in the present of
1978. Chapter 2 is when the backstory starts, way back to 1948.
and times. The timeline is dodgy and I had to go back and check the years in
order to get this review straight. Finding, that they missed the important part
altogether, which, to tell the story, needed to be told at the end.
Judy works at the local hotel and they befriend her, and her non-beau Nick, who
is later killed in war. Sex abounds and I suppose the common day comparison
would be Gossip Girls. High school girls drinking and having sex, not caring
about getting pregnant. In fact, the sex scenes disturbed me as many were
actual rapes which the girls put out of their minds as bad experiences, or
which they thought was normal for first time experiences.
up with abusive men, one who later came out as a transvestite. She ended up a
journalist and then a magazine reporter. Pagan went through several relationships
and became a drunk and hermit before marrying a Lord and throwing herself into raising
money for cancer research, Maxine ended up with a Count and three sons, and a
massive career in interior design, and Judy moved to New York and became a PR
own horror story to contend with, and not only was it incredibly sad and made
me cry, it also made me angry that she didn’t fight harder. She was fostered as
a baby, but her foster mother married a Hungarian and a year later went with
him to Hungary before the revolution started. They were hunted down and only
Lili managed to escape. Her life was spent in a camp until she was fostered by
an ungrateful couple in Paris. At 13 she became pregnant and had an abortion
(this is the prelude which sets the scene for the whole book) and to pay for it
posed nude for a leery guy called Serge who rapes and abuses her when he’s not
happy. She stays with him for years, becoming a huge star in sex movies until a
rich Greek tycoon takes her away, but he dies after three years together and
his lawyer is a crafty sod who takes advantage of the situation and her. Thankfully,
she has money of her own, and makes a life for herself. Until it leads her to
New York in 1978, in a hotel room where she has asked Pagan, Kate, Maxine and
Judy to attend.
Lili had always imagined. There was no hug, no love, no nothing, except a half
truth and a lie. I presume that will all happen in Lace 2. It ended with an
epilogue, but that was only the definition of Lace, which is what Judy’s
company is called, and then the author, Shirley Conran went on to tell us who
the characters were based on. Quite a story in itself.
mother?” So you know exactly where it’s going and I won’t tell you anything
Dolls was very 60s, Lace is very 80s in its blockbuster, sweeping way. Many a
miniseries came from massive bestselling 80s books, and sadly, many did not
follow the actual book storyline, so I will not be watching the movie of the
same title. But I will be reading book 2 to find out what happens when Lili
finds out who her real father is…
when she was pregnant, even though the first book said fifteen. Once again it
jumped all over the place, hence being disjointed. And suddenly, there are
three other potential fathers.
ransom. All three, apparently, are potentially her father. As it turns out, Judy
finally reveals all near the end to Sandy, the winner of the beauty contest
Lili was judging. God knows why she’d confide in her, only because Sandy pushed
the question about Lili’s father.
this book. Besides the three men who are suddenly potentially her father, there’s
a new man for Judy who crushes on Lili, then there’s Gregg the racing car
driver Lili’s seeing after she dumped the boyfriend of two years, Simon, because
she found out he was gay.
husband dies from injuries sustained from a car accident, and a week after his death her
dog dies. Little does he know he’s Lili’s real father.
Judy had at the age of 15. She’s raped by Abdullah, then a month later has sex
with a new guy Curtis, and when he dumps her a month later has sex with some
British kid who turns into a rock star in his later years. There are all these
people who could be the culprit, but it ends up being the personal trainer Judy
hired at her work to get the staff healthy.
for her. Pagan falls from a roof, and Judy tries to talk Tony down while
getting her daughter out of the room he has her trapped in.
her, then Lili says, “You did come for me. My real mother did come for me, in
that’s all we get?
in the end Pagan did too. Kate wasn’t even in the book that much as her
character disappeared to the middle of a war to write about it.
to get the details right when she wrote this, and clearly she had no idea what
the story was going to be when she did write it. This is a mixed up, mess of
garbage that is really disappointing.
isn’t. And while Pagan figures out why, Lili was born from rape not love, it
really doesn’t focus on the bond that should be growing between Judy and Lili.
And that would be because a year later there is none.
enough to read book 2 and was bitterly let down by the conclusion. Which is
crap! I was considering reading Shirley’s other books, but if this is the way
she writes, I’ll go back to Jackie Collins, thanks very much.