Roses for Rebecca
At the end of the Second World War, Rebecca Lawson is orphaned and homeless. She goes to live and work with her aunt and uncle in their East End Pub. Romance soon blossoms between her and one of the customers, Ian Beresford. One day he disappears and Rebecca to her horror discovers she is pregnant. Frantic with worry Rebecca travels to his family home in Stoke-On-Trent in search of him. Awaiting her is the news of a dreadful tragedy. Rebecca has to pick up the pieces and makes the brave decision to keep her baby despite her facing scandal and prejudice for being an unmarried mother.
I found this a sensitive and well-crafted portrayal of a young unmarried girl – to get to the stage of wearing a curtain ring from Woolworths to pretend you were married really tugs at the heart. I liked the characters. There was a whole cast of different types, and the story itself came to life through them. You were made to feel totally on Rebecca’s side throughout and through laughter and plenty of tears you reached a happy conclusion. How true to life it seemed. A good read.