On the beautiful island of Jersey, Florence Rowe lives a quiet life working in her father’s bookshop. Life for the Rowe family is good, but Florence can’t help yearning for more…
When Jesse Boot, the successful owner of Boots the chemist, arrives on the island, Florence is immediately captivated by his tales of life in a busy, bustling city on the mainland. For the first time ever, Florence imagines a life away from the constraints of Jersey society, of being someone more than just a shopgirl.
Until her parents reveal the shocking news they will refuse any marriage proposal from Mr Boot. Can Florence find a way to be with the man she loves and make a new life for herself?
A gripping historical novel inspired by Florence Boot, the woman behind the nation’s favourite chemist!
A Beautiful, Charming Tale!
When I saw the author’s name on this book, I couldn’t wait to read it! A great decision as this promises to be an excellent series.
Florence Rowe lives on Jersey; born there, she loves her home and her family. Working in the family business, life is good, but Florence dreams of more. Then she meets Jesse Boot, visitor to the island and, for the first time, feels the stirrings of love. But when Jesse approaches her parent for her hand in marriage, they refuse their permission. Can Florence accept their decision?
A gorgeous tale, very appropriate to the time it’s set and the writing upholds this, maintaining the period all the way through. I’m so glad this is the beginning of a series, and I can’t wait to read the rest! In these days of everything instant, it’s good to be taken back to bygone times. The characters are beautifully drawn; the descriptions of Jersey are charming and it is a lovely read from beginning to end. Wonderfully written, I was completely captivated all the way through and am already looking forward to the next book. A full four stars, and worth every one of them!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family life, historical biography
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 384 pages
- Publisher: One More Chapter
- Publication Date: 27 March 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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- W. H. Smith
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.
She is one third of the Blonde Plotters writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com for seven years.