Release date - 3rd August 2017
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - atlantic-books.co.uk/corvus/
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
It's 1939, and the Brogan family of London's East End are ready to show Hitler what for. But things don't seem so rosy when rationing, evacuation and air-raids start to put this larger-than-life family to the test.
When a mysterious young man arrives at the Brogans' local parish church, he provides just the dazzling distraction they need - and for eldest daughter Mattie, the promise of more than she'd ever wished for. But as the pair fall deeper in love, they are drawn into secret dangers, rife on the very London streets they call home.
As the young couple race to protect the East End as they know it, can their dreams survive the darkening backdrop of war-time...?
POCKETFUL OF DREAMS by Jean Fullerton is a heart-stopping tale of love, family, and danger set at the beginning of the war. Centred around the Brogan family in the East End of London, this richly detailed story really allows you to step back in time and experience everything that time period had to offer, including the often gritty and harsh reality of what everyday life was like back then.
Mattie Brogan is determined to make more of her life and is unwilling to settle on the first man who shows her attention. Throwing herself into her studies and her work as part of the war effort, she is surprised when she finds herself constantly thinking about a certain new arrival to the area, even though she knows she shouldn't. After all, there is a certain bank clerk who wishes to step out with her too, and he would be the proper choice, right?
But as Mattie will soon come to learn, both of these men are not exactly who they say they are, and as the War gets underway, Mattie will find herself caught up in a fight among her very own community where hate amongst some is breeding trouble. As danger closes in will Mattie trust her heart and her instincts? And will her discoveries destroy her family forever?
I loved the Brogan family and the inclusive community of the East End in this story. While there is plenty of drama and danger in this novel, there are some scenes that may be uncomfortable to read but are reflective of what was happening at the time.
The historical detail is compelling, most of the characters are loveable and admirable (with the exception of the characters that you are sure to hate!), and the suspense and action were gripping from start to finish.
POCKETFUL OF DREAMS by Jean Fullerton is a deeply engaging and emotional historical novel that left me wanting more, and I cannot wait for the next instalment of the Brogan clan.
I was born into a large, East End family and grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. I still live in East London, just five miles from where I was born. I feel that it is that my background that gives my historical East London stories their distinctive authenticity.
I first fell in love with history at school when I read Anya Seton’s book Katherine. Since then I have read everything I can about English history but I am particularly fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and my books are set in this period. I just love my native city and the East End in particular which is why I write stories to bring that vibrant area of London alive.
I am also passionate about historical accuracy and I enjoy researching the details almost as much as weaving the story. If one of my characters walks down a street you can be assured that that street actually existed. Take a look at Jean’s East End and see the actual location where my characters played out their stories.
For more information:
Website - jeanfullerton.com
Twitter - twitter.com/JeanFullerton_
Facebook - www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/
*I want to thank Sophie from Atlantic Books, and the author Jean Fullerton, for the opportunity to review this compelling story.
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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