The quote from The Observer on the front caught my eye as I was traipsing round Waterstones searching for a new book:
‘Engaging and enchanting…a fairytale for adults, with all the wonder – and terror – that that entails…‘
Intrigued? I certainly was. I turned the book over and read the blurb:
‘It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.
The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.
But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own…’
If you’ve read The Night Circus and/or The Miniaturist and enjoyed them, then this is definitely a book for you. I couldn’t help but be captivated by the characters and the charm of The Emporium. The book itself has such an enchanting feel and mesmerising rhythm to it, you can’t help but be drawn in.
The author has certainly thought outside the box and run with it. He also taps into that childish part of us, the part that yearns to dream, to be taken back to those carefree days of play and imagination. A recommended read.