2016/10/10

BOOK REVIEW:
HIGH WAGES BY DOROTHY WHIPPLE

Title: High Wages
Author: Dorothy Whipple
Published: 1930
Language: English
Pages: 316
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Set in the early 1900's, this is about a girl named Jane who sets up a dress shop.


Review:
This was a charming and highly enjoyable read.

I think this an excellent book in the way it depicts everyday life, and I really enjoyed our heroine, Jane. She's an independent mind, ambitious and a hard worker, and it was lovely to see where that takes her. She's the kind of characters you can't help but root for, wanting to see how she decides to take charge of her own life.

I also liked the feminist tones, reading about working class women of this time and class in general. It feels very realistic and I got a good feel for the community and the town. I also thought the period of the war was interesting to read and loved reading about how the people adapted to it.

I was not overly fond of the romance aspects of this book, and although I do find the main character likeable and fascinating, she is perhaps a bit too perfect in some ways.

I would say this is a bit slow in parts and quite subtle and although it did not knock my socks of, it was such an enjoyable read. I will definitely be checking out more of Whipple's work.

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