Mulberry Lane Babies: New life brings joy and intrigue to The Lane!

Mulberry Lane Babies: New life brings joy and intrigue to The Lane!

by Rosie Clarke

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Overview

1941, Mulberry Lane, London. War rages but new arrivals bring new hope. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Cathy Sharp.

Life is hard for all on Mulberry Lane as the war rages into yet another year. Desperate times push people into dangerous situations.

Menacing shadows lurk on dark street corners, threatening the safety of those who are alone and vulnerable.

When Peggy's twins are born early, Maureen and Nellie are there to lend a helping hand. The mothers of Mulberry Lane stick together despite the grim conditions of war-torn London and a shadowy fear that stalks their lives. Neighbours and friends look out for each other and new life brings hope and joy to the Lane.

What readers are saying about the series:

'When it comes to writing sagas, Rosie Clarke is up there with some of the best in the business' Bookish Jottings.

'Full of drama, romance and secrets ... A perfect example of its genre' That Thing She Reads.

'This is wonderful historical fiction that is so character-driven you'll wish these women lived on your street' Kathleen Gray, NetGalley.

'Absolutely loved this latest instalment and revisiting the ladies of the Lane. Another great story of love and heartache' Wendy Haines, NetGalley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786693006
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: The Mulberry Lane Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Rosie is happily married and lives in a quiet village in East Anglia. Writing books is a passion for Rosie, she also likes to read, watch good films and enjoys holidays in the sunshine. She loves shoes and adores animals, especially squirrels and dogs.


Rosie is happily married and lives in a quiet village in East Anglia. Writing books is a passion for Rosie, she also likes to read, watch good films and enjoys holidays in the sunshine. She loves shoes and adores animals, especially squirrels and dogs.

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Mulberry Lane Babies: New life brings joy and intrigue to The Lane! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele 10 months ago
It’s 1941 and the war has already ravaged London and the ladies left behind to guard the homefront while the men are at war. With Janet’s husband back home after being severely wounded, both Peggy and Maureen pregnant, and young Tom’s father released from prison and heading to join up- everyone is adjusting and struggling with restrictions and rationing and worry. Unfortunately, as happens in wartime, there are conflicts and dangers not obvious from the outside, and we’ve got plenty of those as well. With Tom’s younger brother digging in bombed out homes recovering stolen merchandise to pawn later and his ultimate death, there are ‘things’ he found that he didn’t turn over to the ‘head’ of the crew- and now that man is looking for the items, and isn’t afraid of breaking in, threats or physical intimidation. With Tom only just recovering from an injury to his shoulder and now running the house by himself with his father away, he’s in need of work, and Maureen hires him to work in the local shop – despite her father’s and stepmother’s objections. Her father has had a massive stroke, and isn’t up to the daily operations, and Maureen is more determined to keep working as a nurse as long as she can, until her pregnancy becomes apparent. So we’ve got danger from the German bombs, rationing and limited resources and a small neighborhood that looks out for its own – even when people are obviously dancing with danger. Waiting for mail from the front, hoping that their men will return quickly and the war will be over soon, these women are making decisions, joining together, and generally expanding their concerns and family circles into one large group. With Peggy always willing to open her house to anyone in need, and the whole Lane keeping a careful eye out for both Tom and Ellie – the youngest ‘adults’ on the street, there is plenty of worry for those in the immediate sphere to worry for. With Ellie’s acting out early on, and her assault and then a husband who is more controlling and dangerous than she thought, there are plenty of harrowing moments to come for her as well. I adore this series: with its heartfelt friendships, concerns, challenges and the whole “get stuck in” attitude of the residents. It truly feels like they are holding the fort, some better than others, until the war ends – and while most of these women are finding a new purpose and surety in their ability to keep their homes ticking forward, there is a sense of an enlightenment coming to them all. Clarke carefully describes the neighborhood, the emotions and the struggles in ways that are easy to grasp and understand, and while the story is told in multiple perspectives, it is easy to follow along with the action, as voices are clear and easy to imagine. A lovely series for that “taste” of wartime Britain. I received an e Arc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Mulberry Lane Babies by Rosie Clarke is the third novel in The Mulberry Lane Series. It is December 1941 and the Americans are finally entering the war. The residents of Mulberry Lane are working together to survive during these difficult and dangerous times. Peggy Ashley, who runs the Pig & Whistle Pub, is pregnant along with the newly married Maureen Hart. Maureen is trying to hide her condition, so she can continue working since nurses are sorely needed. Anne Riley is dropping of a pair of shoes to be repaired and meets Sgt. Kirk Ross. Anne is instantly smitten with the soldier. Has Anne finally met the man of her dreams? Tommy Barton takes over his father’s job at the grocer’s when he departs for boot camp and the ladies of Mulberry Lane make sure that Tommy has plenty to eat (they keep an eye on him). However, there is a man lurking in the background with a mission and he is not going to let anyone get in his way. Ellie Morris is eighteen and misses her new husband. To liven up her life, she goes out to the pubs at night letting the soldiers buy her drinks. But what happens when one man wants more than a smile in return? Peggy gets a new tenant when Helen Barnes leaves her bully of a husband. Life is never dull on Mulberry Lane. Return to Mulberry Lane to see how the residents are faring during these tumultuous times. Mulberry Lane Babies is well-written and has steady pacing. I like the authors conversational writing style. I was immediately drawn into the story and it held my attention throughout. I do recommend reading the series in order. Each book in The Mulberry Lane Series builds upon the previous one. Rosie Clarke has crafted lovely characters for her series. They are realistic and well-rounded. There are characters to love and there are characters that you will dislike (intensely). My favorite characters are Peggy, Maureen, Janet, Tommy and Anne. They are warm, friendly, thoughtful people and I wish they were my neighbors. Peggy is the mother figure and confidant for the residents of the lane. I like that we get to know Anne more in Mulberry Lane Babies. Tommy continues to grow into a responsible, hardworking and caring man. The East End was brought alive for me with the descriptions of the shops, home and area. We are given a realistic picture of life for those at home during World War II. Rationing is increasing and items are in scarce supply which we see in this book. While America is just entering the war, England has been at war since 1938. The author did an admirable job at handling some difficult subject matter (a woman being attacked). The residents of Mulberry Lane have each other to rely on during these dark days. The characters feeling/emotions come through the pages along with the grittiness of the war. I like how the author balances the difficulties with the joy. There may be a war going on, but they have their friendship, their families, weddings, and new babies. The Mulberry Lane Series would make a wonderful television program on PBS. The Avid Reader rating for Mulberry Lane Babies is 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait for my next to journey to Mulberry Lane.
GoodnReadybookblog More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Mulberry Lane series not only advances the story of domestic life during WWII, it is a fabulous addition to this series. It's lovely to return to the Pig & Whistle and be back in the lives of Peggy and all her friends. Whilst the focus is very much on new arrivals, not everyone in the vicinity is working to keep things together whilst the war rages on; there are some bad people about and more than one of them raises their ugly head in the lanes this time round. Can the community pull together and get through? Only one way to find out! This is, as I had expected, a terrific read. Picking up from where book two left off, we find ourselves once again fascinated by the tenacity of women during WWII to get on and make the best of things. With Peggy pregnant, all those around her pull together to help where and when they can. Maureen, also pregnant, has a fair bit to deal with too, what with her father's illness, his new wife's hostility towards her, looking after her step-daughter whilst her husband fights at the front and, as always, overseeing things at her father's shop. Life is very busy and there's never a dull moment. So much going on! This really is a packed - and completely enjoyable - novel. No less than five stars for such superb writing! My thanks to publishers Aria for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.