Changing Times At Harpers by Rosie Clarke

Of Kind & Encouraging Hearts

Changing Times At Harpers by Rosie Clarke is a marvellous historical novel and the seventh book in the Harpers Emporium series. It can be read as a stand-alone.

I enjoyed meeting up with familiar faces. It is now 1920, the first world war is behind but its affects are still being felt in the form of shell shock. A character has been altered from a gentle soul to an angry, fearful young man. With specialist care, it is hoped that he will recover.

The 1920’s are years of change. Women did men’s jobs during the war and kept Britain going. Now they are being forced back into the home but having tasted freedom, the Women’s Movement is gaining momentum and lobbying for change.

Women have a mental strength of character but can still be overpowered physically by men who are stronger.

Tragedy strikes as illness brings down a family member. We see the shock and devastated lives.

Family is important. We see families pulling together. Harpers functions as a family, looking after and encouraging all of its workers. Harpers is a family run department store that is philanthropically minded, helping women with children and men returning from war to reintegrate into society.

There are some big hearts who find themselves able to forgive the most appalling behaviour.

All the characters were well drawn, likable and realistic. I am thoroughly enjoying the Harpers Emporium series and cannot wait for subsequent books.

I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


Changing Times at Harpers

London Spring 1920

Harpers is beginning to flourish once more after the end of the war but for Sally Harper the problems continue.

Husband Ben is moody, sometimes distant, and she feels he is shutting her out at home and at work, but why?

It takes a terrible tragedy to make them realise their love and respect is still true.

The ladies and girls who work at Harpers continue to battle with problems in their own lives.

Marion is still trying to reach her war-damaged husband and Lilly is battling with her pain and shame.

It’s a period of transition for all.

The doors of Harpers are busy welcoming new and returning staff whilst bidding a fond farewell to others.

This is the beginning of a new era and there is a fresh buzz of excitement in the air.

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Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire.

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