This books has all the Christmas vibes about it! Feel-good and heartwarming? Definitely. This is a story of love, friendship, and the things that people do to help others. The plot is never dull and the slow-building romance between Rose and Eugene is innocently beautiful. The characters have depth, and the story of a strong young woman finding her way around a man’s world is truly marvellous.

Plot summary: She had risked everything to get to London but, stumbling through the peasoup fog, she has nowhere to go, and no one to turn to. Scared and alone, Rose steps straight into danger, only to be rescued by two women with even less to their names – a woman of the night and her young sidekick, Sparrow. With only a cluster of love letters to her name and all hope of her sweetheart’s return fading, Rose finds herself forging a new life with her unlikely companions. But when a good deed turns sour, a dangerous enemy threatens to ruin them all. Will Rose be able to save her new friends and her future? If she can, a Christmas gift awaits that will change her life forever…

Rose is a feisty and head-strong young woman who comes to London to marry her sweetheart, only to find that she has essentially been stood-up! With the help of some interesting female characters, Rose manages to find her way around London and get a job as a journalist in a predominantly male workplace. As she matures and we see different sides to the characters, she begins to realise what her heart truly wants and who can give it to her.

This novel is fast-paced and interesting throughout. The characters are likable and the novel is beautifully woven together. My only criticism is that Rose was a little too headstrong at times which was slightly annoying, and the ending felt a little rushed. However, overall this is a fantastic read and would be a brilliant Christmas present!

R/T: Rose, how fitting! (please see About section for more information)

Rating: 4/5

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