The Book Reviews

After the hard work of writing and publishing “The Chartreuse Dress” I am thrilled to receive good reviews. See some below:

“From page one I was gripped by “The Chartreuse Dress”. It starts in Auckland, in 1907, with the heroine, Bella, being soundly admonished by her dominating father, a major.  She longs to remain New Zealand when her family returns to London in a few months’ time. The major totally forbids it. His decision is final.  And yet… by the next page, Bella is waving goodbye to her parents and younger sister as they sail back to England.

Bella is not a sulky young woman, who stamps her feet to get her own way. In just two pages, I became an admirer of her level-headedness and her quiet determination to succeed against her bullying father and sobbing mother.  How did she pull it off?  Why was she so determined to remain?  It is all revealed as we are drawn into Bella’s new life.

That’s one of the many things I love about this book – believable characters, who behave realistically for the times and for all the right reasons… or reasons that seemed right to each of them at the time.  

As well as engaging characters, the author, Kay Mills, captures the spirit and authenticity of Edwardian Auckland in the lead up to the 1st World War and its aftermath. The pace of the story is perfect as it doesn’t miss a beat. Kay is a master at superb, flowing storytelling that will have you gripped to the end. I can’t wait for the sequel.”

Jocelyn Watkin, Tai Chi Chuan Instructor, Writer and Adventurer, Auckland