Review: The House of Serendipity Sequins and Secrets by Lucy Ivison.

I am so happy to be sharing another mother-daughter review today!

Georgia was lucky enough to win another Toppsta giveaway

and so we read the book together! Take a look at our reviews below!

Blurb:

Welcome to The House of Serendipity, where friendships are fashioned and destinies designed amongst the ballgowns, tiaras and trifles! Introducing a gorgeously glamorous new series filled with 1920s period detail, perfect for fans of Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens.

Meet Myrtle Mathers and Sylvia Cartwright: two girls from different worlds bonded by a passion for fashion! They know that the perfect outfit can make dreams come true, and their dazzling designs are the talk of 1920s London…
So when Agapantha Portland-Prince wants to escape her glamorous debutante ball for a life of adventure, it’s their magical talents she needs. But can the girls make all their secret dreams a reality, or will this be the most stylish scandal of the century?

Georgia’s review:

I really loved this book, the story is so much fun. I love the ideas of the dresses and outfits that Sylvia and Myrtle make. I felt sad for Myrtle having to go and be a maid when her dad died but I was happy that she made friends in the new house. I was worried that Myrtle was going to get in big trouble and that Agapantha would get caught during the story. I was also very sad when Sylvia didn’t stick up for Myrtle but was glad when it all worked out in the end. I think it shows how important friends can be and that we need to support each other. I would love to read the next book in the series when it comes out.

Mum’s Review:

The House of Serendipity Sequins and Secrets is an incredibly fun read filled with glamour and friendship.

Alongside the exciting plotline of 1920’s fashion and design, there are several underlying themes that are presented brilliantly for middle-grade readers. We see societal expectations and restrictions for women, gender roles in that era, as well as class and social hierarchy.

Myrtle is restricted by her social status as a servant and comparisons are drawn between her and Sylvia. Sylvia doesn’t realise how good her life is and what freedom she has compared to Myrtle. We also see Agapantha, who demonstrates a level of gender-nonconformity in not wanting to marry, instead, wanting to travel and work in what was a solely male role. To do so she has to wear men’s clothing and portray herself as male. She finds this freeing and we are shown how much more freedom men have compared to women. The story shows the girl’s confidence and courage in following their dreams and aspirations, not being held back by other people’s expectations, even if (especially for Myrtle) there may be consequences and repercussions.

I was thoroughly swept up in this highly enjoyable read.

Thank you to Toppsta and Usborne Publishing for sending us the book.

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