Dolly is the story of a girl who is claimed from an orphanage when she is fourteen years old, by a man and woman who say that they are her aunt and uncle, though she doesn't remember them. We then follow Dolly on her journey through her life.
I liked the setting of the story, I enjoyed that it was set in the early 1900′s in London, and this made the story very interesting for me as I liked the insight Jasmine gave us into what life was like then.
I was really curious about Dolly's aunt and uncle, why were they coming now? How would Dolly get on with them and the change from leaving the orphanage to being with them?
I liked Dolly, I really felt for her where she started off in an orphanage, and that made me warm to her straight away. I enjoyed the way that the story was written as it felt as though I was next to Dolly the whole time, experiencing everything that she went through on her journey at the same time as her. I don't want to spoil anything here, but I really admired Dolly's strength and courage in life and I was really cheering her on throughout.
Dolly is quite a long book at just over 570 pages, but don't let that put you off! In my opinion I like a big story as there's more to savour and to enjoy. Dolly has a bit of everything in, including the effects of war, family relationships, trying times and romance too. Dolly is a great debut novel from Jasmine Sparks and I'm really interested about what she will bring out next.