Today it is my stop on the blog tour for New Arrivals at Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke.
1943 Mulberry Lane, London. In the midst of another bleak winter, life is hard for the residents of The Lane.
When Rose Merchant arrives at Mulberry Lane, she is carrying a secret that haunts her. How can she tell her landlady, and the Lanes’ matriarch Peggy Ashley that she is the daughter of a murderer? As Rose learns that she is amongst friends she gradually learns to trust and even to love.
But when Peggy’s estranged husband Laurie returns home for good, both Rose and Peggy’s lives are once again turned upside down.
Can they both find their way through the heartache to find happiness?
I was so excited to be invited to read New Arrivals at Mulberry Lane and participate in the blog tour, by Victoria Joss at Aria. I have been following Rosie Clarke’s Mulberry Lane series since the beginning. If you’re not already aware of Rosie’s Clarke’s Mulberry Lane series, then please find below my previous reviews;
I hate to be predictable but I love historical novels set during WWII! More than that though, I love the characters that Rosie Clarke has created within this series of novels. Peggy Ashley leads a group of strong women who in the face of adversity work hard to keep their families safe, whilst cementing the independence that they have come to rely on while their men are away fighting for their country. New Arrivals at Mulberry Lane introduces us to a new character, Rose Merchant, who joins the Lanes, alone and lost. Alone and lost until she meets Peggy that is! She was a subtle character introduced to an already strong group of female characters and I feel that she really added to the dynamics of the Lanes. Our old favourites also returned in this novel; Maureen, Ellie and Anne. In addition, some of the men are starting to trickle back from the their war efforts; Gordon, who is tragically injured, and Laurie, who has been discharged from his secret wartime work under a dark cloud. Their return changes things for women on the Lanes, and not always in a positive way
New Arrivals in Mulberry Lane can be read as a standalone novel, but I would much rather recommend that you read all four novels in this series. I am already looking forward to reading book five in this series!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Victoria Joss at Aria, and to 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.
Twitter handle: @AnneHerries
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