Back of the book :
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Cherry Blossom Mews is a miraculous place. It’s somewhere that finds you, rather than the other way around.
Sadie McQueen has leased a double fronted space in this small cul de sac in a culturally diverse corner of central London. The cobbles muffle the noise of double-deckers roaring past the arched gates. Turn right and you are in a futuristic maze of corporate glass monoliths. Turn left and you see a wide street with many different houses. Towering above the mews are the degenerating tower blocks of an infamous estate. The old folks home and the nearby school are both in need of TLC; the private members’ club that set up shop in a listed Georgian building has been discreetly refurbished at huge expense.
Into this confusion comes Sadie. She fell in love with the street the moment she first twisted her ankle on its cobbles. Her double-fronted unit is now a spa. She has sunk all her money into the lease and refurbishment. She’s sunk all her hope into the carefully designed treatment rooms, the calm white reception space, the bijou flat carved out of the floor above.
Sadie has a mission to connect. To heal herself from tragedy. Sadie has wrapped the mews around her like a warm blanket, after unimaginable loss and unimaginable guilt. Her hard-won peace is threatened, not only by the prospect of the mews going under but by a man aptly named Hero who wakes up her comatose heart.
Sadie has a lot to give, and a lot to learn, not least that some ghosts aren’t ghosts at all.
What I think :
What a gorgeously heart-warming book !
I absolutely loved it !
Cherry Blossom Mews is a little community tucked away in a small corner of London … That has a habit reaching in and taking your heart …
There are so many lovely characters to warm your heart, Bob and Mrs bobs with their little cafe, and Mary, Fi and Cher the elderly’s and many more. Oh Yes and not forgetting Hero, He awakens something in Sadie that shes not quite ready for ….
With some extremely tough subjects covered, such as alcohol addiction and mental health, also domestic abuse and terminal illness you would think that is a a really depressing book. However, you are very wrong, it is a tale of the whole community pulling together to help one another. It’s gorgeous !!
All in all a book about real life, love and community.
I adored it and give it a well-earned 9/10.
Published by Simon & Schuster on 26/12/19.
The biggest thank you Megan Denholm from Simon & Schuster for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.