Dream A Little Dream by Joan Jonker
One of the great pleasures of Joan Jonker's marvellous Liverpool-set sagas is the brilliantly realised sense of place. She is similarly skilful at conjuring up the world of two-up two-down houses, struggling removal businesses and lively, working-class characters, so the emotional entanglements always have the salty tang of authenticity. Dream a Little Dream is no exception, with all the human understanding that the author's fans look for. Edie and Bob grow up in the same Liverpool street. After their marriage, Bob succeeds in his removal business, and the family moves up the social ladder. But Edie and her eldest daughter have lost touch with their roots, and their social climbing begins to alienate Bob. With his two youngest children and their down-to-earth housekeeper, they create a little world of escape in the kitchen--and it's here that they begin to make plans to regain their happiness. The observation of social niceties is absolutely spot-on, with all the humour and warmth ... read more
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