Author : Jean Fullerton
Title : Pocketful of Dreams
Pages : 416
Publisher : Corvus Books
Publication date : August 3, 2017
It’s 1939, and the Brogan family of London’s East End are ready to show Hitler what for. But things don’t seem so rosy when rationing, evacuation and air-raids start to put this larger-than-life family to the test.
When a mysterious young man arrives at the Brogans’ local parish church, he provides just the dazzling distraction they need – and for eldest daughter Mattie, the promise of more than she’d ever wished for. But as the pair fall deeper in love, they are drawn into secret dangers, rife on the very London streets they call home.
As the young couple race to protect the East End as they know it, can their dreams survive the darkening backdrop of war-time…?
Pocketful of Dreams is a family saga set in East London at the outbreak of World War II. The story centres around the Brogan family and I dare you not to fall in love with them. Comic relief is provided by the grandmother, Queenie, whom I absolutely adored. Most of the story focuses on eldest daughter Mattie. She has lots of dreams and ambitions, even with a war looming. She ends up working as a warden in her neighbourhood but soon finds herself in danger, surrounded by spies and Nazi collaborators.
This is such an engaging and heartwarming novel. With vivid descriptions and steeped in atmosphere, I soon found myself completely and utterly engrossed. It almost felt as if I was transported back in time and walking these streets myself. The characters are extremely realistic and believable, though not all likeable as there is at least one who’s vile and despicable. Some will show their true colours and one may even steal Mattie’s heart. As you all know by now, I don’t have a romantic bone in my body but I thoroughly enjoyed this dash of romance.
The cover depicts Jean Fullerton as the queen of the East End Saga and after my first introduction to her work, it’s easy to see why. This is historical fiction at its finest and would quite frankly make an excellent tv series. As it is, I look forward immensely to reading more about the Brogan family in future.
Many thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly!
Pocketful of Dreams was published on August 3rd.