The book I will now review is - "Roses for Rebecca by Margaret Kaine".
After being orphaned and made homeless Rebecca returns to London to live with her aunt and uncle, running the spit and sawdust pub "the unicorn".
Her aunt feels at her end as she cannot get Rebecca to open up and discuss what happened after her mother and father died in a bombing raid.
One fateful day Rebecca meets what she considers the love of her life, and after agreeing to marry him disaster strikes.
What will become of Rebecca, the shy little wallflower?
I'm sorry that I cannot give anymore of the book synopsis away, but there is literally only two big things that happen during the book, the romance and the "disaster" (which I won't give away!).
The book however is not so much the storyline, which is full enough, with there being the basic constant theme, which is Rebecca's constant growth from shy and quite naïve wallflower type, longing for love and a home of her own, through to strong young woman, willing to take on prejudices and the world!
The book is more the people and their views and beliefs at the time.
Set a year after the second world war ended, the people featured in this book are salt of the earth types, all willing to help and be helped, with many of them still suffering from their loses.
Alongside this however is a real dislike of young women that allow themselves to be manipulated by young men, especially after the horrors some of them may have seen during their service, seeing this as a weakness and a real reflection of flouting there Christian upbringings, though it has to be said the women who behave this way are much more ostracised than the men...typical!
I don't think I would be spoiling the storyline by saying that a character actually gets pregnant (this is actually part of the "blurb" on the back of the book!), and the general feeling of the book is complete and utter desperation by said character, I do love how the author has shown how she comes through this, deciding to keep her child, even though she is not married, and the absolute anger I felt towards the biased and hypocritical characters in the book and how they treat her.
This book is written beautifully and is a real treat to read, whisking you back to a time when things were so different, but I do like how strong the women seemed to be too, with them calling most of the shots towards the men In their lives!
This is of course a woman's read, with very little to interest a man, there is no bad language or even sexual content just a good old fashioned weep and laugh book!
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for around the £4.00 mark.
This is a lovely uplifting (eventually!) read, about a woman who reaches her breaking point, then builds herself back up again, recommended!
Thanks for reading x