Today it is my absolute pleasure to kick off the blog tour for Rosie Clarke’s Mulberry Lane Babies.
1941 Mulberry Lane, London. War rages but new life brings new hope.
Times are hard for all on Mulberry Lane as the war rages into yet another year. Desperate times push people into dangerous situations, and the residents of Mulberry Lane are not exempt.
Menacing shadows lurk on dark street corners, threatening the safety of those who are alone and vulnerable. When Peggy’s twins are born early Maureen and Nellie are there to lend a helping hand. The mothers of Mulberry Lane stick together despite the grim conditions of war torn London and a shadowy fear that stalks their lives. Neighbours and friends look out for each other and new life brings hope and joy to the Lane.
Mulberry Lane Babies is the third in the Mulberry Lane series from Rosie Clarke, and I am pleased to say that I have had the pleasure of reading all three. I am a huge fan of fiction set during World War II, particularly when it centres on women during that time. It was a period of substantial change for women, as men were drafted up and sent to fight in a war that went on for 6 long years. With the majority of able-bodied men gone, women were expected to step up to keep things running back home. Finally, women were given more opportunity to leave their homes and make a difference for their country.
Mulberry Lane Babies continues the stories of Peggy, Jane, Maureen and Anne as they deal with their new lives whilst their men are at war, or lost due to the war. Each of their lives takes a different turn as the gruelling war continues, and they are forced to push forward with their lives with only each other for support.
I liked the fact that this novel introduced characters that had only briefly been mentioned in previous novels in this series – most notably Ellie. Ellie had previously been introduced as a young, naive new wife, who just wanted some fun when her new husband left her behind for war. In Mulberry Lane Babies we learn far more about Ellie and what life has in store for her.
If I have any comments about this series, it would be that you need to read them all, in order. What you learn about these characters in each novel is so important, and I probably wouldn’t recommend reading them as standalone novels. This is not a bad thing though. The character development, and the stories that surround each of them are enthralling. I already cannot wait for the next instalment in this series. I know that Rosie Clarke has suggested there may be 4 books in this series, but more if that’s what the readers want – I would definitely be happy with more! I love to read about characters in a real life historical setting, and the Mulberry Lane series is now exception. Go and grab yourself a copy of this lovely novel!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📗
Thank you to Rosie Clarke, Aria and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
About the author
Rosie is happily married and lives in a quiet village in East Anglia.
Writing books is a passion for Rosie, she also likes to read, watch good films and enjoys holidays in the sunshine. She loves shoes and adores animals, especially squirrels and dogs.