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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 Feb. 26, 2014 :
A Charming Gossip Girl-esque Novel Set Amid British Boarding Schools
Dumping Princes is the kind of charming Gossip Girl-esque novel that sucks you into a world of posh girls, posh boys and the wonderfully "royals" atmosphere of elite British boarding schools. Tyne O'Connell does a fantastic job of setting the stage for a sassy, funny, endearing and all too drama-rich teen romance that is just as entertaining as it is well-written.
Calypso is a character that continues to make you grin and laugh as she finds herself dumped by Prince Freddie... only to try and win him back to repay the heartbreak delivered to her in kind. Building off of teen romance and the upper society atmosphere of British boarding schools like Eton and St Mary’s Ascot, the novel has a smart, snappy and modern feel to it. This is a fun and endearingly engaging story that never ceases to keep you eagerly flipping to the next page as Calypso does her best effort to be among those with the honor of dumping princes on their resume. The whole plot has a drama-rich vibe that is scandalously fabulous.
The novel is well-written with an eye for detail, a fantastic narrative tone, strong dialogue and authentic characters that feel as posh and stunningly gifted as they are wonderfully flawed. O'Connell has a talent for writing that never wavers in weaving a story that is as well crafted as it is superbly sassy. The author uses vivid imagery to set the stage and paint each scene with a fine tipped brush, making the story all the more enjoyable for it.
Overall, this is another fun and enjoyable addition to the Calypso Chronicles and a great addition to Tyne O'Connell's resume as an author. The novel keeps you entertained and makes you eager to see just how Calypso will deal with the infamous dumping princes plot that has been cooked up. I would certainly recommend this novel and the rest of the series to readers looking for an entertaining story to sink their teeth into.
(reviewed the day of purchase)