Tipping the Velvet was recommended to me by my partner and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did take me a little while to get into it, but once I did I was gripped.
Miss Waters writing style is a unique one that fitted the era of the time in question 'down to a T'.
When reading this I had to make sure that I put myself in the mindset of the time in question in order to make sure I was contextually engaging with the narrative as I should.
There were times where my jaw-dropped, as I could not believe some of the ways in which women had to conceal their feelings for the ones they love.
It was also a beautiful portrayal of a story of a broken-heart and the impact this can have on a life of the person and the people that surround them.
There was a hidden element of politics of the time and the struggles that everyday people faced, which added depth and social context to the narrative to help support the characters story and beliefs.
I gave this book 4 stars because you really do need to put yourself in the context and frame of mind of the time, which is challenging, but also rather enjoyable.
Give it a go - it's a must read.