It's 1953 and Rosie is 7 years old. She lives in a café where a menagerie of neighbors come to eat and catch up on the gossip. The alleyways are teeming with crooks, fortune-tellers, card-sharks, and ladies of the night. But Rosie is hoping to be adopted soon. Then she learns that the woman she has always known as "The Perfume Lady" is not only a professional tart & a gin addict but also her mother! But the toughest racketeer has a soft spot for Rosie and between him and the neighborhood they will be making sure Rosie goes to a good home. This is a fun, wonderful, feel good story that you just don't want to end. I truly enjoyed it.
A light read but very funny. I would compare it to Brendan O'Carroll's Irish books. Worth the read.
This novel is fluff, but it's very sweet fluff. A quick read.
Absolutely delightful and fun. Lauged out loud in several places. Great debut for a new writer. REminded me a bit of Brendan Carroll's novels.
In 1953 London's dark alleyways teem with crooks, fortune-tellers, card-sharks, and prostitutes. But even the toughest racketeer has a soft spot for 7 year old Rosie, the adopted daughter of the whole neighborhood and resident ray of sunshine. A doorstep orphan, she lives in a cafe where a menagerie of neighbors come to nosh and gossip. But as her Uncle Bert and pillowy-plump Aunt Maggie work to make her adoption legal, she learns that the woman she has always thought of as "The Pefurmed Lady" is not only a professional tart, she is also a gin addict and Rosie's mum. As the real story unfolds, Rosie becomes the target of a plot and rallies the whole neighborhood to her aid.
This is book that warms the heart. You don't want it to end.