Every house has its secrets . . .
For twelve-year-old Ottilie Finch, London is an exciting playground to explore. Her family have recently arrived in Hamstead from Durham, under a cloud of scandal that Otty is blissfully unaware of. The only shadow over her days is her mother’s mysterious illness, which keeps her to her room.
When young local girl Mabs is offered the chance to become Mrs Finch’s companion, it saves her from a desperate life on the canals. Little does she know that all is not as picture-perfect as it seems. Mabs is about to become tangled in the secrets that chased the Finches from their last home, and trapped in an impossible dilemma . . .
I really enjoy Tracy Rees’ books and this one was no exception. She writes historical fiction so beautifully and instantly draws you into the storyline with a compelling plot and heartwarming characters. The Rose Garden is a really engrossing story and I couldn’t stop turning the pages eager to find out what happens next. Set in Victorian England in around 1895 we get a insight into the lives of women in this era, their roles, attitudes and responsibilities. This is a period of time when women were denied an education, expected to marry and produce an heir and once married they become the ‘property’ of their husband, which is quite unthinkable. The author vividly captures this time period and the differences in classes, from the dark slums to the bright opulence of the homes of the upper classes.
The story follows three completely divergent female characters, each from different social backgrounds and age groups. However, they all had one thing in common which was their determination to forge their own way in a male dominated society. I was wholeheartedly rooting and cheering for these women who battled against the injustices they faced head on. It was also really marvellous seeing these women forge a solid friendships with each other despite their social standing.
A wonderful blend of history and drama, this is yet another fabulous novel from this author. A thoroughly engaging read full of amazing female characters. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Publication Date (UK):
19 August 2021 (ebook)
2 September 2021 (Paperback)
Page Count: 322
Genre: Historical Fiction
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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