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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The new springtime romance from best-selling author Katie Flynn.

It's 1938, and Cadi is chosen to be Rose Queen in the annual Rose Fete. She is thrilled to be treated like royalty for the day. But deep down she is desperate to leave the Welsh mining community where she grew up.

When war is declared, Cadi and her best friend, Poppy, see a chance to escape. Cadi leaves behind her parents and local boy Aled, whom she is meant to marry, for Liverpool.

But city life doesn't bring the opportunities they'd hoped for. Unable to join the forces, the girls are left looking for work in poverty-stricken Vauxhall Ward.

They secure jobs in a local pub, and Cadi's blossoming relationship with a handsome dock worker deepens after he rescues her from a terrifying encounter.

But when Aled unexpectedly appears dressed in RAF uniform Cadi finds her worlds colliding again. Now the Rose Queen must decide: who will become her king?

©2021 Katie Flynn (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Bit slow to start but not for long. One of the best books I’ve read for a long time. I was born in 1938 and it really was true to the time. Really took me back even though I was a child. You never forget times like that and it was good and sad to remember. Thank you Katie

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A decent read!

After a slow start, the story took off and I became involved. The ‘ordinary’ families and friends introspectively explore their own immaturities with each other to develop their individual strengths to cope with the continuous changes war presents. I applaud the narration. It’s worth a listen!