In 1953, the dark alleyways of Soho, London, teem with crooks, fortunetellers, cardsharks, and ladies of the night. But even the toughest racketeer has a soft spot for Rosie, the adopted daughter of the whole neighborhood and resident ray of sunshine in the local café. A doorstop orphan, her world is filled with a menagerie of neighbors come to nosh and gossip. But as her Uncle Bert and pillowy-plump Aunt Maggie work to make Rosie’s adoption legal, she learns that the woman she has always known as “The Perfumed Lady” is not only a professional tart, she’s also a gin addict and Rosie’s mum. As the real story unfolds and Rosie becomes the target of a plot, the neighborhood’s response will delight readers and leave them hungry for the future titles in this charming new series, which “Maeve Binchy fans will enjoy” (Booklist).
About Pip Granger
Pip Granger’s early childhood was spent in the back seat of her father’s light aircraft smuggling brandy, tobacco, and books across the English Channel into 1950s Soho, where she lived above a café. She traveled in Europe and Asia in… More about Pip Granger