It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Happy December, everyone! I honestly cannot believe we arrived at the last month of the year. This year has truly gone by in what feels like a blink of an eye but at the same time, it also felt as if time was frozen in place.
This year has not been the best year for any of us but it is the little things we should remember and appreciate when we finally wave the year goodbye.
I have a few minor changes coming to White Rose Stories next year, for example: I will only be posting seasonal TBRs. As it is summer here in South Africa, I will be posting my summer TBR in January with a handful of books I want to get to in the next few months. My plan for next year is to read less so that I can spend a bit more time on other things in my life and to take my time and appreciate the few books I get to even more.
With that same idea in mind, I will only be reading one book thing month (and it is one to get me into the Christmas spirit). As summer vacation is starting here, I want to spend more time with my family and outdoors, and to get a few things ready for the new year.
So, without further ado, let us look at the book I am planning on reading this month!
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
Do you remember when you believed in magic?
The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!
It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.
For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical…
Keep reading and never stop telling stories.