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There are so many characters in this novel whose lives are running side by side.
(Hint: You should read the previous two books in the series first.)
I had to make some assumptions about each character’s background to understand what’s happening in the present. All the characters have one thing in common– they either work at Harpers Emporium or know someone who does.
An important theme–women’s rights–is discussed in this book, and how the men in the lives of the characters support the movement by varying degrees. Some of the men don’t want their womenfolk to have anything to do with “unladylike” events, whereas others are forward-thinking and hold progressive views.
Even so, the women in the book look forward to find and marry decent men and enjoy the security, companionship, and pleasure that married life has to offer.
Marion Kaye is a character who caught my interest. Her fighting spirit in the face of grinding poverty and horrific domestic violence is admirable.
I loved the author’s writing style. All the various side stories flowed well together. It felt like watching a TV series, episode by episode.
The entire novel is about the feeling of belonging and togetherness as the Harpers girls watch out for each other and share in their joys and sorrows. Reading this book gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling and highlights the importance of having good, trustworthy friends.
The book ends with the WWI having reached Britain and the characters signing up for various war duties.
The next book in the series should be quite an interesting read!
(Welcome To Harpers Emporium Book 3)
Genre: Saga, Historical Fiction
Publication date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls
Hard times ahead for the Harpers girls…
It is two years since Harpers opened in Oxford Street and Ben is planning to expand the premises.
Life is good for Sally and Ben as they look forward to their first child and hope for a prosperous future. Beth is settling into married life with Jack, gradually recovering from her aunt’s tragic death, though still unable to conceive a child.
New girls have joined Harpers and Marion, Janice and Becky all become a part of the daily life at the busy store. Rachel is undecided whether to marry a man she isn’t sure she can trust, while Minnie meets an old love.
The sun is shining in English streets but on the horizon dark clouds gather over Europe and war looms threatening bringing rainy days for the Harpers girls…
About Rosie Clark
Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire.
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