Fools Fall In Love
The story unfolds in Champion Street Market in Manchester, 1956. Patsy Bowman, hungry and looking for work, steals a hot pie from Molly Poulson’s stall. At her screech of outrage, Patsy flees and finds herself in the market hall itself where she finally reaches the Higginson sisters’ hat stall. Abandoned in infancy and not wanted by her foster parents, Patsy is anxious to trace her real mother and thinks she may be in Manchester. Clara and Annie Higginson take pity on her and not only take her into their own home but also give her a job on the hat stall. From there the tale evolves taking in the tangled love lives of Molly Poulson’s two daughters, as well as following Patsy’s efforts to find her mother.
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are entirely believable and the reader soon gets involved with them and wants to know ‘what happens next’. It is well paced and the final outcome a good twist. My only criticism is that I do not remember things being ‘cool’ in the fifties in the way that they are today.
However, a good read. Recommended.