Publisher: 27 March 2020
Release date: Harper Collins
Back cover blurb: An incredible historical novel inspired by the true story behind the Boots empire. 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?
Mrs Boots is the first novel in a new historical fiction series by Deborah Carr inspired by the life of Florence Boot, the woman behind the Boot's empire.
Jersey 1885, Florence Rowe lives with her family on the beautiful island of Jersey. She lives a quiet life, helping out her Father and Sister in the family owned book/stationary shop.
But Florence is a determined young woman, who doesn't particularly want to get married, or remain working as a shop girl as she perceives it. She wants more from life.
Despite her determination, Florence is kind and generous and will do anything to help others.
When she meets Jesse Boot, she is captivated by his business sense and ambition, and what starts out as a strong friendship, very quickly turns to love. Florence's opinions on marriage swiftly change, and it is her own Mother rather than her own heart that forces Florence not to rush into marriage with Mr. Boot.
Of course, her Mother only has her best interests at heart, but Florence believes that she is old enough to make up her own mind, and resolves to marry Jesse, no matter what obstacles may be put in their way.
This is a beautifully written historical fiction novel. I have never been to Jersey, and of course the Jersey being described in 1885 is probably very different to the Jersey of today, but Deborah Carr makes it sound very beautiful indeed.
I can't wait to read the next installment in the series, and look forward to seeing what Florence gets up to next.
Mrs Boots is available now via Amazon online and all good shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.