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  • A heartwarming new series!

    The Shop Girls of Harpers by Rosie Clarke is the debut of Welcome to Harpers Emporium series. It is March of 1912 when Beth Grey heads off to interview for a position with Harpers. The store has completed construction but has yet to open to the public. While waiting for her turn, Beth meets Sally Ross and Maggie Gibbs who are also applying for positions. The four girls are thrilled when they are hired and get to work in the same department under Rachel Craven. This is the beginning of a lifelong friendship for these four ladies along with new adventures. I was immediately taken in by The Shop Girls of Harpers. I have enjoyed reading Rosie Clarke’s other novels and this one did not disappoint. The author has an engaging writing style that draws the reader right in. I like the four ladies who are getting an opportunity to work at a brand new store. They are strong female characters. They each come from different backgrounds with differing personalities. Somehow, though, they click. I enjoyed the comradery between the ladies and the bond they formed. I liked reading about the day to day running of Harpers. The various departments and how they functioned. One of my favorite characters was Fred, the porter, who brought the stock up to the various departments. He is such a kind, thoughtful man. I can tell the author did her research for this book. It felt authentic to the time period with the clothing, music, books, and world events. I liked how she worked the Titanic sinking into the storyline. I just loved reading about the fashions from this time period. The beautiful hats were my favorite. These ladies worked among beautiful clothes and accessories that they could not afford to purchase. The Shop Girls of Harpers is a heartwarming historical novel, and I cannot wait for Love and Marriage at Harpers. The Shop Girls of Harpers is a story of friendship where four women stick together through the ups and downs of life.

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  • The Shop Girls of Harper

    Excellent story. Unhappy that I have to wait to find out what is happening! I would have bought the next book immediately. However, not available till .March. Can hardly wait.

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  • Highly recommended

    A great start for a new series, this book is heartwarming and engrossing. I liked the well researched historical background, the fleshed out cast of character and the enjoyable plot. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Believable character.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has created believable characters. I would love to read the next book in this series.

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  • A Promising Start!

    A promising start to a new series which looks to be both evocative and fun! Set in the pre-WWI period in Britain and beginning with interviews for staff at a new department store in London, we meet the main characters as they first meet each other whilst hoping they will be successful in finding work. As the four women take up their new positions, fledgling friendships begin to grow . . . I love to read books set in and around both periods of war in the early 20th century, and this is very enjoyable in setting the scene for what I hope is several more stories. As women spread their wings and find more of a place in society, I'm always fascinated to learn all the small details of their everyday lives. With a stunning backdrop to this story, beautifully rounded characters provide the highs and lows of daily life, this author's experience in spinning an enthralling tale shines through. I can tell this is a series I'm going to enjoy. I've read a few other novels in a similar vein as well as watching 'Selfridges' on tv, and am hoping for something a little different and surprising to come. Worth four stars, and a high recommendation!

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