Tall Poppies by Louise Bagshawe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I started reading Louise Bagshawe's books only recently and have liked them. They have strong women characters and a good story which moves fast.
This is a story of two women with very different backgrounds – Nina Roth comes from poverty but is determined to make it, while Elizabeth Savage is from a rich family who just want her to get married. Their paths intersect at Dragon Corporation which is owned by Tony Savage, Elizabeth's dad. He is domineering and also manipulative.
Elizabeth is keen to work and contribute to Dragon much against her Dad's wishes who sends her off to school in Switzerland. Elizabeth turns to skiing and surprises everyone with her skill to emerge a top rated skier with hopes of a gold in the Olympics.
Nina works her way to Dragon the hard way. Her go-getter attitude sees her rise steadily. Elizabeth meets Nina her at Dragon when she comes to work there during a break and the women grow to hate each other.
Difficult times strike both of them and their relationship changes then on.
While the book has a good story, it is still fairly predictable. The first 75% of the story could have been crisper, rather more space could have been devoted to the events in the last sections of the book.
Nevertheless, still well worth a read..
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