Sugar Sugar by Carole Wilkinson.

7948621337 pages

Published April 2010 by Black Dog Books

Jackie has left Australia with a psychedelic suitcase and a dream to become a world-famous fashion designer. She knows exactly where she’s going and how she’s going to get there. So how does a weekend in Paris send her spinning off-course? How does she end up somewhere she couldn’t even find on a map?

It is 1972. Jackie left her boyfriend Terry behind in Australia, thinking that he would come out and join her and her friend in London after he had saved up some money. They haven’t been there long when Jackie’s friend takes off with a Scottish bloke, leaving her alone in the city. She works in a shop and strives to break into the fashion industry. Eventually she comes to the conclusion that London isn’t the place to make it big – Paris is! On her way there, she accidentally leaves her folder of designs in the car of some travelling girls that she got a lift with – she has to get them back! So begins her whirlwind journey across Europe, with people she hardly knows in countries that she’s never heard of.

I was totally taken by surprise with Sugar Sugar. I bought it in a three storey Borders, armed with birthday money, thinking it seemed like the kind of book that I wished I would read more of. I wasn’t sure that I would really like it. It’s wonderful. I absolutely agree with that quote by Julia Lawrinson on the front: “…you’re not reading this book, you’re living it.” It’s a journey for the reader as well as for Jackie.

A must read.

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