Sunday, February 14, 2021

Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

Happy Valentine's Day!


Book Summary

Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke has Peggy Ronoscki happily ensconced on Mulberry Lane running her guesthouse in 1950.  She is glad to be back among her family and friends.  Rose, Sheila, and Janet are all expecting with their babies due within a few weeks of each other.  When Peggy is not busy with her guests, she is baking or helping at the Pig & Whistle.  Able, Peggy’s husband, is looking for a new business venture.  He decides to build housing nearby with the help of Tom Barton.  Peggy takes in a young woman she saw collapse at the market.  The girl, Gillian has been beaten and is very thin.  Soon strange incidents begin happening with the evidence pointing to Gillian.  Sheila gives birth early while her husband, Pip is out of town.   Peggy then receives news that Pip has been in an auto accident and in serious condition.  Sheila is on bed rest which leaves Peggy to take care of her and her the pub though she longs to head to the hospital to by Pip’s side.  With help from her friends and family, Peggy will manage to be there for her family while also managing her guesthouse and pub.

My Thoughts

Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke is the 7th book in The Mulberry Lane series.  I recommend reading the series in order, but you would not be lost if you read Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane as a standalone (by why would you do such a thing).    Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane picks up where A Reunion at Mulberry Lane ended.  It is like visiting old friends.  Rosie Clarke has created delightful, developed characters.  Peggy Ronoscki is a strong woman with a big heart.  You can tell how much Peggy cares for her family, friends, and the residents of Mulberry Lane.  She is happy to be back.  I like that she is called “Peggy of the Lanes”.  We get to catch up with Maureen, Sheila, Janet, Rose and Tom Barton, Shirley, and Alice.  Alice is a sweet elderly woman who lives in Peggy’s guesthouse.  She is a grandmother to Fay and Freddy.  Her life has a renewed purpose now thanks to the Ronoscki family.  There is plenty going on in Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane.  Peggy takes in a young woman who needs help, but she soon has regrets when various incident happen.  Shirley Hart is off for the summer to work with Robert and other medical students.  A fellow waitress takes a dislike to Shirley and her belonging begin to disappear.  Sheila, Pip’s wife, goes into labor three weeks early while Pip is away.  Pip is in an auto accident several hours from home and is in severe condition.  Tom Barton’s wife, Rose is pregnant, and Tom begins work on a project with Able.  I like how the residents of Mulberry Lane are there for each other.  When someone is in need, there is always someone to help.  Life is never dull on Mulberry Lane.  I thought Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane was well-written with steady pacing.  I like that the story has mystery and suspense.  We get to see what everyday life was like in London in 1950.  The author captured the time-period which has rationing on many items ending.  Historical events from around the world are included such as the Korean War.  Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane is an emotional novel that will capture your heart.  

Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other novels in The Mulberry Lane series here.  All the books in this series except New Arrivals at Mulberry Lane (Book Four) can be borrowed through Kindle Unlimited.  You can find Rosie Clarke's other historical novels here.  Thank you for visiting today.    I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and get plenty of chocolate!  Next time I will be sharing my thoughts on Murder Ink by Betty Hechtman.  It is the first A Writer for Hire Mystery.   Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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