Latest reviews in Romance Books »

This is no sugar-coated tale

Advantages: Excellent portrayal of Victorian London and its characters
Disadvantages: Some will not like the constant sexual references; length

It is London in the 1870s and it is common practice for all men who can afford it to head for a high-class prostitute when they can. One of these prostitutes is Sugar, who has the added benefit of doing things that other girls generally won't do. William ...

sunmeilan 01.10.2010 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

Sugar and Spice and all things nice

Advantages: Well written, engaging story, well researched historical content
Disadvantages: Very big, little writing - but well worth the effort

...I read this book a while ago now, but it still rates highly amongst my favourites and those that I would recommend to friends. The story centres around Sugar - a beautiful prositute in London, only 19 she is already infamous amongst gentlemen in the k ...

daisydaisym 22.10.2005 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

Would you like Sugar with that, sir?

Advantages: Wall to wall Victorian prostitutes
Disadvantages: Disappointing finish

...Containing perhaps more information that you ever wanted about Victorian post-copulative contraceptive techniques, ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ is an epic and Dickensian novel. Sugar is our protagonist (heroine is surely too strong); growing up in ...

danielse 14.12.2003 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

The Crimson Petal and the White is a visceral,all-consuming read.

Advantages: Excellent prose, unique characters, interesting storyline
Disadvantages: very long, small text, some unsettling events are portrayed in grisly detail.

The Crimson Petal and the White is a long book. Over 800 pages, but every chapter conjures up magnificent pictures of Victorian London. The narration starts with an unseen omniscient voice but quickly darts in and out of all of the many characters' heads. ...

Contrarah 05.04.2011 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

A 'practically perfect' read?

Advantages: light and easy reading
Disadvantages: none

Katie Fforde is one of my favourite contemporary authors particularly when I am looking for a slightly lighter read. I have just finished reading 'Practically Perfect' and although, for some reason, I found it a bit difficult to get in to, by the end I wa ...

kingfisher111 20.06.2007 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Practically Perfect - Katie Fforde

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...