SHE WAS MADE IN THE EAST END . . .
For young Queenie, life in the backstreets of Whitechapel was a lesson in survival – Hitler’s bombs hit those with nothing the hardest. When danger strikes close to home, Queenie finds an ally in Mrs O’Leary, whose two sons are the kingpins of the East End. But while the O’Learys are the light in Queenie’s life, fate has a different path in store.
AND MEN ARE WHAT THEIR MOTHERS MAKE THEM . . .
Now married to the useless Albie Butler, Queenie is raising her children to fight their own battles. If the O’Learys taught her anything, it was that surviving meant doing whatever you had to, no questions asked, and family always comes first. The Butler boys will make sure their mother’s name becomes East End legend.
THIS IS HER STORY.
What can I say. I really was looking forward to this and when I received an ARC from the publishers I was thrilled. I started reading as soon as I got the chance, I was due to go in hospital for surgery on my foot so knew I'd have lots of time to read it and didn't need to rush. (who am I kidding)
I read a good chunk of this when I come around from the anaesthetic, and while waiting to be allowed home. When I got home later that night I picked the book up again, and I couldn't for the life in me remember what the heck I had read. lol
I thought saving some of it was a great idea to help to recovery but clearly I was wrong.
I purchased the kindle copy and decided I was going to start it again from the beginning, which is exactly what I did.
What a fantastic read. I have to admit, I was concerned at first with KC going back to the beginning and giving us an insight into Queenies life. I thought we knew all we needed to know through the Butler series. Wrong again!
I think this book ties off perfectly the series.
As it's a prequel I would say you could actually read it as the first book, but don't. It's really much better reading after you have read the series as answers some questions you didn't realise you had.
I'm guessing like me, everyone reading this will again want to go back and re read the Butler series, I expect all the series to fly up the charts all over again. This would also make a fantastic box ser.
As with all Kimberley's books this is a tough, gritty page turner. Unlike other authors in this genre, Kimberley's books haven't faded or lost their brilliance, Kimberley really does know what her readers want, and despite having a big fan base, she still delivers. Nothing is taken for granted. I think that's is why readers know they can trust going to her books again and again..
Queenie has had a varied life, She knew what she wanted and went for it. Her character is one you will never forget about once you have read about her. Once of the best characters in a book series I've known. She is one of those characters I think I could read about daily and still not get fed up with. Along with her sister Viv they really are a pair to be reckoned with.
Queenie is certainly the head of her family, reading about her earlier days has been an absolute honour.
For me, this is the BEST book yet. How on earth is KC going to top this one? I think the Barr had been set real high this time.
Certainly another addictive read you will struggle to put down, and SHOCK. OMG I wasn't expecting that!
I even decided I was reading it with my signed cover on. KC signed this at a book signing in Manchester around 3 years ago.
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