Hold on to Your Dreams

Written by Beryl Matthews
Review by Chiara Prezzavento

In turn-of-the-century London, young Gertie Melrose’s sheltered and comfortable world is shattered when her wayward brother’s gaming debts bring ruin on the family. With her father’s business in danger, the house to be sold, her brother disowned and her mother suffering a stroke, lovely and warm-hearted Gertie must face more trouble and unhappiness than she ever imagined. Luckily, she has good friends in all stations of life: childhood friend David, two bright slum children, and a wealthy spurned suitor, Sir Alexander Glendale, who has past tragedies of his own to overcome. Can Gertie save her family and find the way to true love? Can her brother earn a second chance? Can Alex Glendale make a new life for himself? This is a sweet, uplifting romance cum-coming-of-age story, a nice read for a rainy afternoon – provided you don’t mind too much a thin and vague historical background, a good deal of social implausibility, and all kinds of anachronistic attitudes.