- Title: Lace
- Author: Shirley Conrad
- Genre: Drama
- Pages: 751
- Rating: 4 stars
“Which one of you bitches is my mother?”Four elegant, successful, and sophisticated women in their forties are called to New York’s Pierre Hotel to meet Lili – a beautiful, young, and notoriously temperamental Hollywood movie star. None of the women knows exactly why she is there; each has a reason to hate Lili and each of them is astonished to see the others. They are old friends who share a guilty secret and who have for years been doing their best to keep that secret quiet. Their lives are changed forever, however, when Lili suddenly confronts them
I was sad when I got to the last page. More than usual. This book was like a cozy Friday night with a glass of wine and good music. I found myself reading it when I should have been sleeping or getting my ass to work. One word…ADDICTIVE. It gave me prolonged pleasure.
The book about friendship, love, the complications that arise from secrets and growing older. It spans several years starting at a nice school for the children of the elite in Switzerland before the second world war and takes you on a journey through decades, continents and languages. Four friends, one from Texas, another from France and two from opposite corners of England forge a friendship and hold on to a secret for more than 40years.
The best part is that the author based the characters on real friends she had in the course of her life. It is beautiful written and gave me a glimpse into what female friendship ought to be like. With fights but always..always with love. I found myself seeing a bit of myself in each of the girls and wishing I had strengths that all possessed. From mischief in high school, to lying to parents about school and money, to falling in love, to forging your way at the workplace, to children and the role of sexuality in a woman’s life to female relationships with men…this book offers gems for women of all ages and backgrounds dealing with the universal challenges of life.
I found myself crying sometimes, feeling the pain, celebrating the joys of these women and wishing i had as half a glamorous life as some had. I cannot wait to read the second one after the BIG secret is out. The suspense in the book keeps you turning the pages and leaves you in a trance of the romantic Paris, the busy New York, the relaxed Egypt, the compassionate England. Lace 2 can only get better! There was life before lace and life after and nothing was ever the same again…i envy anyone who hasn’t read it!
And my favorite excerpt:
“A neat place to have a reunion….They talked nonstop, with much infectious giggling, of children, husbands, lovers, houses, friends, enemies and all the paraphernalia of being alive. Then more thoughtfully, they drifted into a grown-up version of the way they used to talk in the moonlight, after lights-out at school, as they discussed what they wished they had been taught.
“To earn my own living,” Pagan said firmly.
“To handle my own financial affairs” Kate said thinking of how her father’s estate had been mismanaged.
“To realize that we were going to run into trouble,” Maxine said thoughtfully. “You cannot expect to skip through life with a princess-and-the-pea attitude hoping to find no lump under the bedclothes. The bed is always lumpy”
Judy said,”I wish we hadn’t picked up the idea that you were a failure if you didn’t have a man because then you would be without status and protection.”…”Somehow you got this feeling that a dependent woman was feminine and an independent woman wasn’t feminine, that it was unfeminine to be responsible for yourself”
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