First off, I was entranced by the cover, I mean LOOK AT IT!
Who would not want to pick this up?
I imagine walking along a typical dickensian christmas time, with all the snow falling and the carols floating in the breeze, then you come along a shop like this and peer into the window and dream….
However I like to see that picture in my head, this story actually takes place in 1917 nearing the end of the first World War and where a runaway Cathy takes refuge in the shop/ emporium.
The shop is owned by Papa Jack and his two sons, Emil and Kasper and these are no ordinary toymakers……
Do you remember when you believed in magic?
The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!
It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.
For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, this one is truly magical…
This book is full of beautiful writing, well rounded charecters, love and heartache and I really recommend that you read this, it is a different type of story and one I am glad to have been party too.
I have definatly put this on my wish list and wil look forward to seeing it on my shelves, not just my digital one!
Thank you to the Publishers and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity in being able to read this.
As always, thank you for dropping by and have a booktastic day!