Perhaps Tomorrow by Jean Fullerton
Published by Orion Books - 3rd Feb 2011
ISBN - 978-1409122913
Set in the East End of London following the struggles of Mattie Maguire. Widowed only 3 years ago she is the owner of her late husband's coal yard, mother to her 3 year old son Brian and carer for her frail mother-in-law.
Running a business is not easy for a woman but that is the least of Mattie's worries. Thank goodness for the kind help of Amos Stebbins, businessman and pillar of the church community. Although, Amos is not all that he appears to be. He has dark secrets and ruthless intentions.
Who is this handsome stranger, who appears at the coal yard? What is the secret he shares with Amos Stebbins? Nathaniel helps Mattie to turn the coal yard around but will his secret catch up with him?
The author captures Mattie's plight so that I felt compassion for her but also had admiration for the strength she showed keeping the family business running in a man's world and still managing to care for the family.
The scene setting took me right to the heart of the East End for the working classes, and into the criminal nightlife, too. I felt like I was there.
A real page turner that had me wanting to know more.
I want to read more of Jean's work.
4/5 for me!
I received a copy of this novel, from the Author, for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.