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Pocketful of Dreams: A heart-warming East End saga (The Brogans of the East End series) Paperback – 3 Aug 2017
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Charming and full of detail about the work of a nurse in 1940s London, you will ride emotional highs and lows with each new birth and death. Beautifully written and some sharp dialogue. * The Lady on Jean Fullerton * A well-thought out story, with strong characters and excellent historical details * Anna Jacobs on NO CURE FOR LOVE * A beautifully written sequel that gives you a fab insight into the life of a nurse in London's East End in the '40s * Closer on ALL CHANGE FOR NURSE MILLIE * Warmth, humour and characters readers care about are Fullerton's hallmarks. * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * A real page-turner with larger-than-life characters and convincing period detail * Daily Express * A delightful, well-researched story that really does depict nursing and the living conditions in the East End at the end of the war. * Lesley Pearce, on CALL NURSE MILLIE *
Jean Fullerton, queen of the East End saga, returns with a charming new war-time series.See all Product description
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However, there were a couple of historical inaccuracies . York university was mentioned early in the book. The university wasn't founded until the 1960s. Also, Mattie went to buy nylons. These didn't go on sale, and only in the US, until 1940.
She would have bought silk stockings.
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.
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The Brogan family of Mafeking Terrace are East Enders through and through, and their indomitable spirit shines throughout this story which focuses on Mattie, the eldest Brogan girl, and her relationship with a mysterious young man who has arrived in the area.
The author has really brought to life the camaraderie and close knit community of the East End and shows what life could have been like for those who made their home in this area. There's some wonderful Brogan family moments, particularly at the wedding which opens the novel and also in the glorious character of the family matriarch , Granny Queenie, who rules the roost in her own unique style.
I enjoyed the many twists and turns in the novel and the inclusion of the unsettling and rather frightening actions of a handful of Nazi war sympathisers, who terrorised the area, added some darkly realistic moments, and which highlighted just what a dangerous time this was for those who just wanted to live their lives in peace. Her characters are filled with oodles of personality, and whilst some are not likeable, there is one in particular who you hope will get his comeuppance, the majority of the people are filled with genuine East End charm, making the story such an enjoyable and fascinating read.
Pocketful of Dreams starts a new series of historical fiction by this author. Readers may well be aware of her previous historical series which have been set in the East End. Turning to World War Two history gives the author scope to show another side of this area and she does so with great aplomb and fine eye for detail. With warmth and wit she brings the place and it's people to vibrant life.
I really enjoyed getting to know the Brogan family and am already looking forward to seeing where the next book in the series will take us.
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