"The Finishing Touches" by Hester Browne

Twenty-seven years ago, a newborn baby was left on the steps of the esteemed Phillimore Academy for Young Ladies and taken in by the owners and staff, raised as their own daughter. Now, Betsy returns to the Academy on the sad occasion of the memorial of Lady Frances Phillimore.

Upon her return Betsy finds that the school is struggling and about to close. She is asked to use her business skills to help turn around the school and keep it open. Betsy views this as an opportunity to help save the legacy of the Phillimore's and also to do some snooping and discover who it was that left her on the doorstep all those years ago.

But turning the Academy into a modern Finishing School for the twenty first century girl isn't going to be easy. Throw in a couple of potential suitors, a scandal and a long list of girls who could possibly be her mother and Betsy wonders if she has gotten herself in over her head.

The Finishing Touches is a fun read with a unique setting - the Finishing School. Complete with etiquette tips, the book takes you into a world of fashion, entertaining, and good manners. There is a whole cast of well-written characters and personalities. This book is good, entertaining chick lit.


  1. Thanks for sharing--I am checking into this and maybe adding it to my TBR list.

  2. You're welcome Julie, a lot of chick lit blogs had been talking about it which is why I decided to check it out, and I'm glad I did.

  3. This looks good!

    Do you get the majority of books from your local library?

  4. I do get most of them from the library Tammy. I'm so fortunate to have such a large library system.

    I wish I could purchase more books, but the amount I read, I definitely don't have the money for it. So I purchase my favourite authors, and get the rest from the library.

  5. I am going to put this book on my wish list.
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