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Companion to Not All Tarts are and The Widow Ginger fun cosy reads Lizzie works in a dress design shop in 1950s Soho part of London where the morals and societal expectations of the era were apparently ignored Lizzie is separated from her husband and lost their only daughter but she s trying to move forward with her life She invites the young ChineseBritish girl Peace to share her flat and all is going well until Peace disappears Apparently this is the fourth in a series involving the same characters which would explain why there were so many people mentioned who had little part to play in the story I found this rather confusing in the early chapters combined with the very informal writing style and a tendency to over describe places with lists of details and I almost considered giving up on the book But decided to eep going and am glad I did since by about half way through I was able to get into the style and found Lizzie increasingly interesting as a personI gather that the author gre 1950s London like the others she s written Another not from Rosie s point of view this one is from the position of Elizabeth Robbins Jenny s Mum after the events in The Widow Ginger My only complaint is that Paulette doesn t appear anywhere in it and
there s no explanation for her absence Fourth in Granger s Soho series a fictional account of life in Soho London s no explanation for her absence Fourth in Granger s Soho series a fictional account of life in Soho London the 1950s which centers around Bert and Maggie s caf I eep trying to make sense of the title seeing as how one of the main characters is named Peace All I can come up with is that it s a sort of taunt at Bandy her family and Peace s parents when Peace disappearsThe StoryThe main story is Liz Jenny has been dead for over a year and Liz is just beginning to get past her grief Rosie has continued to visit which has helped both of them Liz has taken on a job with Freddy the Frock where both Freddy and Antony bolster her ego and take an interest in her love life For Liz is in love with TC Rosie s real father And TC is still in love with CassieAnd now Peace has run away from school Fresh from Hong Kong Peace is a Chinese English mix and her best friend at school has gone home to Africa. It is 1956 and Lizzy is working in Soho when Peace comes to stay Peace is a beautiful sixteen year old part Chinese girl the daughterit turns outof her employer Bandy Bunion's estranged sister Peace has been at a boarding school in the countrybut tired of feeling lonely and of being bullied she has run away and does not intend to go back Lizzy who lives above the nightclub run by Bandy and Su. ,
Pip Granger Í 5 SummaryIs filling the hole in her heart left when Jenny died her bosses are weaning her off her very cold Calvinistic upbringing and TC is finding her very attractiveT C has been a policeman in the past three books becoming and prominent as the stories progress Freddy the Frock runs the business side of his dress establishment while Antony is its creative designer They take Liz in to help them with the sewing of their garments and discover that she has the most amazing eye for colorBandy and Sugar co own a bar in the neighborhood and they live together but they a bar in the neighborhood and they live together but they t have a romantic relationship We do learn uite a bit about Sugar s private life in this story Sugar is a transvestite with a heart of gold while Bandy Well Bandy has a tongue like barbed wireprotecting her ind heartPeace has been sent to England from Hong Kong for boarding school The illicit child of a Chinese man and an English woman Peace has no idea who her parents are or the identity of any family And Bandy Well Bandy tends to lash out first love later causing Peace to believe that she is unloved and unwantedMy TakeI didn t find it as compelling as Granger s first three stories but still a very good tale to read Granger has created a lovely and very colorful community which has survived World War II
and its privations as well as a number of tragedies Each time the core group has reachedits privations as well as a number of tragedies Each time the core group has reached and cared for someone in need using their carefully built network to help It s an amazing look inside a world of love with a cast of people who are comfortable with their own uirks and desiresThe CoverThe cover is a fuzzy textured pagoda roofed building with a Chinese lantern Very appropriate for the catalyst character in this story Peace a young Chinese girl has left her boarding school and turned up on the door step of her Aunt Bandy in Soho Much chaos pursues Peace as she is taken and is bound to be sent back to Hong Kong by the triad for who The Princes Bride knows whyRosieeeps her secret when Peace first leaves with her boyfriend as they wish to marry but is forcibly taken from her boyfriend Everyone in Soho works to find and help rescue PeaceAnother very good read by Ms Granger I just love her book. A new man too TC is Rosie's dad and everyone's favorite policeman But is he interested in herBut when Peace goes missing a second time and no one nows where she's gone it looks as though there's only one thing to do Lizzy asks TC to help her find Peace and the first place they must visit is the seedy dock area in Limehouse The home of the Chinese community it's a very dangerous place indeed. On a family emergency and there is no one to watch her back in her very xenophobic boarding school So she s fled back to Aunt BandyBandy is unsociable at her back in her very xenophobic boarding school So she s fled back to Aunt BandyBandy is unsociable at best of times and she has no clue how to handle a 16 year old runaway who refuses to go back to school And what I love about the neighbors in Soho is how they accept each others strengths and weaknesses as they rally around to
help Peace Sugar convinces Bandy to let Peace enroll in a neighborhood school while Liz suggests that Peace stay in herPeace Sugar convinces Bandy to let Peace enroll in a neighborhood school while Liz suggests that Peace stay in her room and get a Saturday job to earn pin money Peace s presence helps to fill the hole in Lizzie s heart and naturally Bert and Maggie hire Peace to help at the caf particularly fortuitous as we eventually find out that Peace has aspirations in that directionWith her foundation secure Peace takes up teenage life and begins spending time with Mrs Wong s daughter Bubbles with dire resultsBandy is caught up with a new and very unsavory bloke and with her normal unrestrained temperament lashes out at Peace over the theft of her pearls In love and angry Peace flees to a hitherto unknown love which causes panic amongst Peace s friends and family which is when we begin to learn the identity of Peace s parents Then Peace is idnapped and all sorts of truths begin to spill out Ooh the things we learn about Sugar Peace and the tongsThe CharactersBert Maggie and Rosie are minor characters in this installment with brief appearances by Sharky and Cassie Cassie has faded in and out with her most foremost role in the first book and her nastiest here for Cassie has some major issues besides being Rosie s extremely absent mother This time she serves as Liz s nemesis as Liz fights her own attraction to TC Bert Maggie are the angels of the neighborhood with everyone meeting regularly at their cafe They help everyone including Cassie when they adopt Rosie for their ownLizzie is one of the primary characters in this story as we follow her recovery from her daughter s Jenny death from leukemia in Widow Ginger Rosie and Jenny were best friends and schoolmates Liz had a horrible time of it then and she is receiving her reward in No Peace for the Wicked Peace. Garplum Flaherty offers to take her in; she lost her own daughterRosie's best friendto leukemia two years previously and she feels a special bond with Peace Life Lizzy also feels has been rather too uiet recently; but things are about to change dramatically Bandy has got a new man in her lifea crook for certain Lizzy thinks especially when Bandy's valuables start to go missing And Lizzy's got.