Peggy Ronoscki is happily settling into life running her guesthouse on Mulberry Lane, surrounded by close friends and family. Life just seems too good…
But then disaster strikes.
Pip, her beloved son is left in a coma following a devastating car crash and a young girl collapses in the market leaving Peggy no option but to nurse her back to health.
As things begin to go awry, Peggy worries she has brought trouble to her doorstep?
Can her life ever return to normal? Or has Peggy’s good nature led her astray?
Not only is this the first book I’ve read by Rosie Clarke, it is my first introduction to the Mulberry Lane series.
It did take me a couple of chapters to settle in as I was getting my head around who’s who but once that happened, I was so eager to find out what happened to these women.
Peggy is such a wonderful, strong character who wants to see the best in people – even a stranger she finds collapsed in the street. I didn’t know what to make of Gillian and I hoped that she wasn’t going to cause any harm as I had very quickly grown so fond of Peggy and Able.
Shirley was also a character I immediately clicked with and I almost became an overprotective parent, having to remind myself that she was fictional. That’s what’s fantastic about this book; the settling and the people within feel so vivid and real. It’s as though you’re stepping into a existing London street and watching it all unfold.
I’m not always a big fan of wartime sagas but this novel has gone a long way to changing my mind about that. It was compelling and drew me in until I lost track of time. It contained so much love, warmth and humour.
I hope it’s not too long before I can visit these ladies again whatever the future may hold for them. It would be like visiting family.
A fantastic novel from the talented Rosie Clarke.
About Rosie Clarke…
She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner.
She lives in Cambridgeshire.
Stormy Days On Mulberry Lane was released by Boldwood on 2nd February. Click to view on Amazon UK.
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