Mrs Boots (Mrs Boots, Book 1)

Mrs Boots

Book 1
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A gripping historical novel inspired by Florence Boot, the woman behind the nation’s favourite chemist!

Jersey 1885

On the beautiful island of Jersey, Florence Rowe lives a quiet life working in her father’s bookshop. Life for the Rowe family is good, but Florence can’t help yearning for more...

When Jesse Boot, the successful owner of Boots the chemist, arrives on the island, Florence is immediately captivated by his tales of life in a busy, bustling city on the mainland. For the first time ever, Florence imagines a life away from the constraints of Jersey society, of being someone more than just a shopgirl.

Until her parents reveal the shocking news they will refuse any marriage proposal from Mr Boot. Can Florence find a way to be with the man she loves and make a new life for herself?

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About the author

Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather's time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.

She is one third of the Blonde Plotters writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com for seven years.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Mar 27, 2020
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780008363307
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Sagas
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