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Review from Anna Caig (Book Blogger, Writer, Sheffield Observer Book Writer):


Meeting Coty

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Product details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Kings Hart Books (July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906154031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906154035
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
Selection of reviews on Amazon:
on 27 October 2016
I loved this book!
From the first page the reader is plunged into Tessa’s totally believable world. The novel is full of the apprehensions of the times, coupled with Tessa’s emotionally difficult decision making which could alter the family dynamics forever should she choose to follow her dreams.
Can she take that risk?
The setting, historical references, descriptions of family politics and the fleetingness of life in this era all read like a period feature film, such are the book’s many coloured layers.
Tessa’s decision making is as relevant now as it was then. We feel for her every step of the way; she could be me or you. A wonderful book with intertwined characters and a storyline that has you urging Tess on at every stage.
Miss Estevez is obviously in love with her many well rounded and observed characters.This certainly shines through the prose, which in itself, is
effortless and what makes this book so enjoyable to read.
An absolute pleasure.
on 1 November 2009
Meeting Coty is populated with believable chaacters and an intriguing family dynamic. I really enjoyed the effortless prose and the Merchany Ivory type visual world this book creates;at times I felt I was watching a film as well as reading a book. There is nothing comfortable or predictable about the plot but at the same time I felt I was in a world of luxury. Beautiful.
on 14 March 2009
This book is one of the most beautifully written I have read in a long time. It is essentially a love story but also a story about choices set in a period when women did not believe they had any choices at all, other than marriage. Tessa our main character is different -she is warm, caring but also fiercely independent – she has a drive within her to be somebody in her own right. She loves her father deeply, is probably the one most like him -if only she had been a boy….! Tessa’s deepest desires cause her father anger. This is hard for Tessa becasue she believed her father understood her. She wants to work for Francois Coty the famous perfumer – but this urge, this calling, was considered to be almost madness. But the most amazing thing about this short book are the rich characters that the writer creates -its not just Tessa’s story, but also her mother’s (crippled in so many ways by the lack of choices in her own life), Tessa’s sisters, her brothers whose lives are impacted by the First World War, her Father’s and lastly Sandes, Tessa’s beloved. The love scenes are written with such style and tenderness, understated and completley in tune with the time. The entire novel is evocative and the language the writer employs to tell this rich tale is fitting. It gives it its sense of time and place. This novel has true voice. I honestly think this novel should be on the curriculum for years 10 and 11. It is a tale for young girls who like Tessa 100 years ago, will face big choices in their lives around self fulfilment and love, around freedom and sacrifice. Can we have it all?
on 18 September 2007

Let me say first and foremost that this is NOT girly literature. This is GOOD literature. I am not a lover of romantic fiction and when I am sick in bed I take Chandler and Hammett with my whiskey rather than Austen and Bronte, but in spite of its romantic look, this book is so well written, and the characters are so rounded and interesting, that you are simply carried along by their lives. This book is above and beyond genre. It is that rarest of things: good writing, a good novel, a damn good read.

Quite aside from the interest of the story itself, which is intricate, tense and emotionally charged, and quite aside from the characters who are, each and every one of them, interesting people, the beauty of the prose is what stands out about this book. The writing is exquisite without ever being tedious or pretencious. Estevez is clearly in love with words, and as she uses them she makes them beautiful, vibrant and even succulent.

This is a book you will want to read, and keep reading, because you care about what is happening to the people, but also just for the sheer pleasure of how she uses the language. A real joy.


Noise of Snow

Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Parkinson & Archer (4 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957222297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957222298
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 28 cm