Rose Alley is one of the city's worst slums - a place where hunger, filth and violence are a way of life.
It's no place for proud Queenie Logan and her daughter Gillyflower. And it seems Queenie's dreams of escape will come true.
Transformed by Miss Hunter's School for Girls, Gilly opens a successful dressmaking shop. And though she always thought she would marry the boy next door, soon she is courted by one of the richest young men in the city. But they have made a terrible enemy, who lurks in the Liverpool slums and seeks his chance to destroy them. And in the respectable new world they have joined someone else will prove even more dangerous to Gilly and those she loves.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 21/09/2006
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9780340921371
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Review by traveltrish
Doorway - Character and settingStyle - Descriptive writing which uses the vernacular in writing in order to truly portray the Liverpudlian accent just as Tim Winton does with the Australian accent.ReviewSet in Liverpool in the 19th century this story traces the lives and loves of Gillyflower as she overcomes the adversity of her childhood in the slums of Liverpool - Rose Alley to become a successful business woman. Gillyflower and her mother Queenie and her childhood friend and beau Jem are all very likeable characters. There is enough unpredicatable twists and turns in the story to make it riveting. Audery Howard does a great job in depicting the disgusting slum that is Rose Alley so much so you feel like washing. I loved it and had to read it quickly.