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"She is the Queen Bee incarnate!" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Draped in deep pink and sipping saki in her fashionable London warehouse, the impossibly glamorous O’Connell!" ELLE MAGAZINE
"A latter day Elinor Glyn (the original It Girl)" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Casandra Jardine
“Bridget Jones on speed. She’s funnier, sharper, and there’s no way she’s going to end up with anyone called Darcy” THE GUARDIAN
‘A spirited page-turner that is high on humor’ – COMPANY Magazine UK
‘Crucial Reading’ – COSMOPOLITAN UK
“Wickedly Funny” PUBLISHING NEWS
“Lightening Fast Comic twists” ELLE UK
"You could certainly start a stimulating debate on modern relationships based on Tyne O'Connell" THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT, IRELAND
International bestselling British author of 12 books & travel writer for www.holidaygoddess.com Tyne O’Connell blogs about what it takes to be a modern day dandy and elegant feminism for www.dandizettes.com
First published in 1996 by Hodder Headline UK and later by Bloomsbury USA & Piccadilly Press UK, her eccentric lifestyle has featured in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, most UK newspapers, and been the subject for numerous documentaries.
O’Connell’s stories are often set in Mayfair where she has lived most of her adult life and inhabited by mavericks and aristos at large. Born into an Irish Catholic Family she raised her three children in a three parent household with her ex-husband and husband. She has contributed to the Girl’s Night In & Kid’s Night In series published by Penguin, the proceeds of which support War Child & No Strings. She is also a travel-writer for the Holiday Goddess series, published by Harper Collins.
Tyne is a leading authority on female dandies (dandizettes) and writes about the Dandizettes lifestyle. For more on Dandizettes, elegant-feminism and gentlewomen history visit www.dandizettes.com
on March 05, 2014 :
A Humorous Teen Romance Story
Over the last few weeks I have been eagerly devouring Tyne O'Connell's charming boarding school books the Calypso Chronicles and once finished I moved on to "Magic & Mayhem On The Nile". The fun, humor filled story is about teen romance and adventure set in Egypt as a group of teens find themselves caught up in the drama, excitement and romance to be had along the Nile on a school trips that is one to remember. Ms. O'Connell continues to capture that lovably complicated vibe of a teen's life à la Gossip Girl or a more modern version of Bridget Jones' Diary. The novel is lively, refreshingly lighthearted and written with a clear aim to amuse and entertain the reader from the very start until the satisfying ending.
The novel explores teen angst and romance through the eyes of four authentically endearing characters that grab your attention and manage to be real in wonderful ways. It's got a smart, snappy and sassy writing style that never disappoints in keeping the reader engaged, grinning and laughing the whole way through. Using humor and angst as a backdrop, the book really explores love, friendship and the adventures to be had on school trips that you never see coming.
The author does a wonderful job of keeping the novel fast-paced and exciting as the teens get wrapped up in the "mayhem" of life in Egypt. This is the kind of novel that doesn't take itself too seriously... it's just a fun and humor filled story about teen romance that entertains the reader from beginning to end.
Overall, this was another fantastic novel from Tyne O'Connell and it left me just as eager to see what else she' written to capture my attention.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)