The Makings Of Violet Frogg is historical fiction set at the turn of the twentieth century that details three eras during the adult life of Violet, as she reinvents herself to suit different roles. Underlying themes revolve around the suffragist movement, while there is also a touch of romance for Violet.
Of the three parts, Violet’s role in the London theatre scene is the largest element of the book and the author’s knowledge of theatre shines through; the ins and outs of an actor’s life and all those in background parts made it feel really genuine.
I did find that the writing style veered towards over-explanation, particularly when scene setting, as if this was first written for the stage. A more concise format may have kept the pace brisk without losing any of the important content. Overall, an okay story, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped.
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‘All the world’s a stage’, and Violet Frogg plays many parts.
From straightjacketed vicar’s daughter to cossetted married woman, suffragist and working girl. But just as Violet is beginning to find her feet as assistant to the manager at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, her past catches up with her and – off she goes again.
What’s going on? Why does Violet have to keep reinventing herself, with new names and new identities? What is she escaping from?
Or is she simply a young woman at the turn of the 20th century trying on different roles to see which fits best?