1937: The year of the coronation of King George VI and a pivotal year for Grace Higgs. Her father’s death brings not only loneliness and heartache, but also the shocking revelation that he was up to his eyes in debt. Determined to save her father’s business, Grace takes up the reins of his horse and cart to walk the bustling streets of Islington. It’s not an easy job for a woman on her own, and Grace soon realises she may have to sell up. But Gus Higgs was a man of many surprises, and there is one last discovery for his daughter to make. It’s the key to a secret that will change her life for ever, and guarantee that Grace will never be lonely again...
‘There are so many differing characters and situations in this gem of a book. Constantly descriptive prose captivates, particularly Gus’s Pearly King-type London funeral. The cobbles echo with the hollow sound of Clapper’s hooves as he draws his master’s hearse. It’s a bittersweet, electric story. A book to cherish.’ Joan Stockdale, Chronicle, April 1 2004
‘This a wonderful story of a community surviving poverty and hardship… Another enjoyable read from Victor Pemberton, full of warmth and atmosphere.’ Jill Halse, Bournemouth Daily Echo, 30 April 2004
‘Another romantic saga from a popular author who knows how to please his waiting audience.’ Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 24 April 2004
‘One of the few male authors in the teeming world of women’s romantic fiction, Victor Pemberton is now a master of the London sagas….. A vivid story with all the right heart-warming ingredients.’