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4.0 out of 5 starsA nice read
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
I enjoy these books, they are an easy read with interesting characters. They could use a proofreader. In the second book, a pendant becomes a bracelet, then is a pendant again. In the third book, the baby's nurse is Pearl, but then she's Paula, but then Pearl again. It's a little shaky for the reader.
I have read many of this author,mulberry being my favorite.although I have read all in this series number 4 coming up.I just think rainy days was not up to her standard.I found the story very reptative.although it was still a 4stars.
Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke is the 3rd novel in Welcome to Harpers Emporium series. This is a series that is best read in order. Each book builds upon the previous one. I like the characters in this engaging historical series. We follow the different characters who work at Harpers Emporium. I find them to be realistic. Each person has their own struggles and issues that they are dealing with at the present time. I like that the ladies are involved in women’s suffrage. Rachel likes her new job as floor walker at Harpers and has a beau. He betrayed her with an article he wrote, so she is not sure that she can trust him. Marion Kaye is a new hire at Harpers. Her mother is ill and has basically given up on life thanks to her bully of a husband. Marion is responsible for caring for her mother, her younger siblings, and the house even though she is only seventeen. Reggie Jackson has shown his interest in Marion, but she is unsure about marriage (who can blame her). Miss Minnie likes living with Rachel and the other ladies, but she still grieves the loss of her sister. Miss Minnie gave up the love of her life to stay with her sister. Imagine her surprise when she runs into the same man at Harpers. Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls takes place in the spring of 1914 when the situation in Europe is escalating. I thought the author captured the time-period with the various historical events and how people felt about the looming war. I enjoyed catching up with the characters in Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls. I like Rosie Clarke’s conversational writing style which draws the reader right in. I enjoyed the descriptions of the various products sold at Harpers (the jewelry, hats, scarfs, and handbags). I liked the reference to Yardley products which makes my favorite soap. I am looking forward to the next tale in Welcome to Harpers Emporium series. Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls is an entertaining historical novel with missing merchandise, impending conflict, financial strain, budding romance, upcoming birth, and store expansion.
*I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. I am not required to leave a review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
The Harpers Girls, working at Harpers Department Store, are like family. They care for each other and stick together. Sally , Rachel, Marion, Minnie, Beth, Maggie, and Becky joining in to help. They all have to find the strength to manage as war threatens and then is declared in Britain.
This is a story of the girls, their husbands, boyfriends, rekindled loves, and brothers. Of sending loved ones off to war. Of the day to day existence working at Harpers and what it means to each of the girls. Their home life, challenges, and heartaches. The marriages and romances and loss of loved ones. How they come together to help and encourage each other.
I love how the book describes the dresses they wear and make. The fabric, the colors and the textures. That even when times are grim whether at home with the family or with those gone to war the girls always are at home at Harpers and they are always there for each other.
I love the Characters, all the girls and their husbands, boyfriends and loves. The store characters and the little girl Jenny. How Becky is growing up in a troubled time and is making the most of it, gaining a new stepmother, working a Harpers and meeting that handsome soldier at the dance. I hope there is another book so we can hear more about Becky and her soldier and how the other's fare in the war, the one that went to be a nurse, and the men that left for war.
I love this series as well as the Mulberry Lane series. Rosie Clarke just writes good clean reading, what a refreshing book. It is wonderful after reading something more intense to pick up one of Rosie's books and just sit back and enjoy the story. I would recommend this book and the series.
Thanks to Rosie Clarke, Boldwood Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of the book for an honest review.
With thanks to netgalley and Boldwood books and Rosie Clarke for an early copy in return for an honest review. Oh how FANTASTIC to be back with the Harper girls, This is third in the series and I honestly hope there are a good few more they are warm inviting and filled with intriguing thoughts, As all the men are going to war it's up too the women now left behind to be shoulders back and paint a smile on there face. The characters are growing with each new book that comes out and its wonderful to see how there all coping and pulling together with each other. I really can't praise this book enough absolutely perfect writing.
I love books that concentrate on WW1 or WW2 on how people suffered but come together- I know that it’s fiction I know people found it difficult but rather think that we have lost something with time and technology.
Boom was really Good and was totally engrossed and now can’t wait for its next chapter later this year.
Another warm story from Rosie Clarke continuing on the Harper Girls Series and the book centres around the start of WW1 and everyone in it has family that have enlisted to fight or in Maggie's case to help with the wounded soldiers. An totally enjoyable and lovely read that at the end left me wanting the next book to be published.
As with the rest of the Harper's series this was a great read. So glad Rachel & Minnie got their men and are so happy. Poor Marion,what a lot she has to cope with,will be good to see if she too gets her man. Can't wait for next book going to order it now!! Keep writing your fantastic stories Rosie😄
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2020
Just finished the series of books in this range. When I was reading it felt like I was in the shop with them all. Hopefully there will be another episode soon. You can't leave us high and dry Rosie. All those men and women not knowing what will or has happened.