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When eighteen-year-old Dot meets Sol, she feels that love has arrived at last. Solomon Arbuthnott is a man who can bring colour and warmth to her drab life in sixties London - and what's more, he is a young, handsome soldier with excellent prospects. Someone who wants to give her everything she has dreamed of. Someone who can promise her blue skies, laughter, sun and alway When eighteen-year-old Dot meets Sol, she feels that love has arrived at last. Solomon Arbuthnott is a man who can bring colour and warmth to her drab life in sixties London - and what's more, he is a young, handsome soldier with excellent prospects. Someone who wants to give her everything she has dreamed of. Someone who can promise her blue skies, laughter, sun and always, always love. And for a while, life is truly like a song. They stroll hand-in-hand by the Serpentine, dance cheek-to-cheek in Soho's smoky bars, and begin to plan their idyllic future, growing old together in Sol's ancestral home on the island of St Lucia. But this is 1961. East End girls don't date West Indian boys, let alone fall in love with them and leave the country. They stay at home and live the life their parents planned for them. Even if it leaves them lonelier than they ever thought possible. Even if it rips their heart in two...


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When eighteen-year-old Dot meets Sol, she feels that love has arrived at last. Solomon Arbuthnott is a man who can bring colour and warmth to her drab life in sixties London - and what's more, he is a young, handsome soldier with excellent prospects. Someone who wants to give her everything she has dreamed of. Someone who can promise her blue skies, laughter, sun and alway When eighteen-year-old Dot meets Sol, she feels that love has arrived at last. Solomon Arbuthnott is a man who can bring colour and warmth to her drab life in sixties London - and what's more, he is a young, handsome soldier with excellent prospects. Someone who wants to give her everything she has dreamed of. Someone who can promise her blue skies, laughter, sun and always, always love. And for a while, life is truly like a song. They stroll hand-in-hand by the Serpentine, dance cheek-to-cheek in Soho's smoky bars, and begin to plan their idyllic future, growing old together in Sol's ancestral home on the island of St Lucia. But this is 1961. East End girls don't date West Indian boys, let alone fall in love with them and leave the country. They stay at home and live the life their parents planned for them. Even if it leaves them lonelier than they ever thought possible. Even if it rips their heart in two...

30 review for Clover's Child

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan Readinginthesunshine

    I am a huge fan of Amanda Prowse, and I was ever so excited to learn that she would be releasing Clover’s Child. I like many others was eagerly anticipating the release, and I was so keen to delve into the novel and get started. I spent the weekend in the wonderful company of this book and after turning the last page my first thought was – wow. Amanda Prowse has a true talent for writing. Her way with words is amazing, she drew me in straight away with her descriptions and the settings – I find Am I am a huge fan of Amanda Prowse, and I was ever so excited to learn that she would be releasing Clover’s Child. I like many others was eagerly anticipating the release, and I was so keen to delve into the novel and get started. I spent the weekend in the wonderful company of this book and after turning the last page my first thought was – wow. Amanda Prowse has a true talent for writing. Her way with words is amazing, she drew me in straight away with her descriptions and the settings – I find Amanda’s writing to be so delicate yet so powerful, and it moves me every single time I read her novels. Amanda really brought the story to life – everything was so vivid and I found that I lost myself in the novel. I could picture every single scene clearly in my head and I felt as though I had been transported back in time, watching Dot and the scenes play out in front of me. I would recommend Amanda’s books based on her descriptions alone – the writing is SO good that it feels realistic, and I genuinely felt as though I was living every moment. The characters were very-well written. I absolutely loved Dot – I warmed to her straight away, she was so easy to like, and by the end of the novel Dot felt as though she was my best friend. I really invested myself in her journey, I put all of my emotions and heart into Dot’s situation and I was full of hope for her, and rooting for her throughout. I don’t want to give away any of the plot other than the description given, because I truly believe it is much more enjoyable to go in not knowing too much and to let everything unravel at exactly the right time and in the way that Amanda has intended. What I will say is that it is a gripping novel so make yourself comfy before you start reading as you won’t want to put the book down! Clover’s Child was for me a very emotional read, and I felt as though I went on a huge roller-coaster of emotions and feelings with the characters involved. I laughed with them and experienced all of the happy moments with them. But I also felt their pain, I especially felt Dot’s emotions and hurt that she felt, and I just wanted to reach out to her throughout the book. My heart ached for her, and oh how I cried at some scenes, I went from laughing one minute to full on sobbing later on. This is a novel where you will definitely need tissues handy because although the story is so beautiful, it is at times heartbreaking and it will move you. Clover’s Child is a truly stunning story that has blown me away. Ever since finishing the novel my mind is still with the characters. It is an emotional and powerful story of love and definitely one of my favourite books of the year. I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it to everyone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    Such a beautiful story, though it is filled with hateful people, I have met just the most beautiful characters in these pages. I have to admit that I was drawn into this story initially because on of the characters is from my country, but the beauty really is in the character not from my country. Dot is a heroine in every sense of the word, the things she had to ensure, and woman she became after, I believe that Amanda Prowse is a realist but she is also a brilliant writer. Sol was just such a g Such a beautiful story, though it is filled with hateful people, I have met just the most beautiful characters in these pages. I have to admit that I was drawn into this story initially because on of the characters is from my country, but the beauty really is in the character not from my country. Dot is a heroine in every sense of the word, the things she had to ensure, and woman she became after, I believe that Amanda Prowse is a realist but she is also a brilliant writer. Sol was just such a great male lead for someone like Dot. I couldn't believe how kind and caring he was, and how much he loved this girl. So why 4 stars? Well the ending was not as happy as I wanted it to be, while it was realistic, I didn't want real for these 2 I wanted the fantasy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I had read several favourable reviews about this author, so decided this should be the first venture into her work. The synopsis sounded intriguing, if rather brief. Apparently this story is one of several of a similar theme, which I hope to read in the near future. Set in London during the early swinging sixties, Dot is working dutifully in the haberdashery of a popular department store, whilst living at home with her parents and little sister. Although simple, she is enjoying her life and has p I had read several favourable reviews about this author, so decided this should be the first venture into her work. The synopsis sounded intriguing, if rather brief. Apparently this story is one of several of a similar theme, which I hope to read in the near future. Set in London during the early swinging sixties, Dot is working dutifully in the haberdashery of a popular department store, whilst living at home with her parents and little sister. Although simple, she is enjoying her life and has plans to become a famous dress designer. Until one day, her world collides with the rich, handsome Soloman, from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Deemed of higher social class, his family does not approve of his flourishing relationship with Dot, not least because of the colour of her skin. Conversely, Dot's family is angered to find she is dating a man of colour. Among other things, this book gives an interesting insight into racial tension in sixties London. Although this book is peppered with east end rhyming slang, it is definitely readable and potential readers shouldn't be put off by this. I found the story to be moving, with interesting plot and character development. I loved Dot's naivety, her belief that 'love conquers all' and the way in which she attempted to integrate tolerance into a society which classed dual race relationships the ultimate sin. Soloman was a bit of a mystery at his introduction, I couldn't figure out if he was to be trusted or not. Supporting characters are well described, especially Dot's family. I could picture their faces, their movements and how they interacted with each other. Although this is a work of fiction, the story that underpins Soloman and Dot's relationship was, I fear, all too common at the time. Towards the final quarter of the book, it began to feel a little slapdash and almost as if the author was rushing towards finishing a deadline. The last chapter skips forty-five years and ends with an epilogue, by which point Dot is not mentioned. What became of her? Perhaps the author expected the reader to make their own mind up. Sometimes this method of writing works, other times it doesn't. Unfortunately Prowse misses the mark here. Overall, an enjoyable read, just short of making this a five star novel. Very recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Clare Hudson

    ANOTHER book that lets me down. Got into this book quite quickly, good characters and potential for a really good story but did it live up to expectations.... NO! It seemed as if Prowse had run out of ideas for the characters to develop, so after a storyline which seemed to be getting a bit silly - so let's simply jump 45 years and go to an Epilogue shall we? Err, I don't think so. And as for the Epilogue and the plausibility of the situation - ridiculous. VERY disappointed, would not bother to ANOTHER book that lets me down. Got into this book quite quickly, good characters and potential for a really good story but did it live up to expectations.... NO! It seemed as if Prowse had run out of ideas for the characters to develop, so after a storyline which seemed to be getting a bit silly - so let's simply jump 45 years and go to an Epilogue shall we? Err, I don't think so. And as for the Epilogue and the plausibility of the situation - ridiculous. VERY disappointed, would not bother to recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I loved this book. It was sad but heartwarming. I’m enjoying most of the Amanda Prowse books in this series. They are making good reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    jen

    Another brilliant book by Amanda prowse. Made me see how different life was back then to how it is now and shows that you can’t help who you fall in love with no matter what ur race, religion etc is

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Farrow

    Another lovely read from this Author. I love the fact that the very talented Ms Prowse writes about women and in a ver sensitive way. Some of the characters were lovely and others you took an instant dislike to and in my opinion never redeemed themselves! I have yet to read one of this authors books and would recommend them to anyone. The may appear to be "chick lit" but definitely have a gritty edge to them that will make you laugh, cry and gasp! Another lovely read from this Author. I love the fact that the very talented Ms Prowse writes about women and in a ver sensitive way. Some of the characters were lovely and others you took an instant dislike to and in my opinion never redeemed themselves! I have yet to read one of this authors books and would recommend them to anyone. The may appear to be "chick lit" but definitely have a gritty edge to them that will make you laugh, cry and gasp!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna Irwin

    What a wonderful book. So beautifully written and so emotional. Totally absorbing. Loved it - can you tell?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clw

    Lovely story and well written . Some phrases not correct in 1960s setting which let it down and there were parts that were too unlikely to be convincing but overall a good read

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    * I was given this book from the publisher and NetGalley to read and review with my honest opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I'm reviewing one of Amanda Prowse's earlier books today. I am a big fan of her writing but this one was a little different from most I've read as it's set in the past, 1960s London to be precise. Would I enjoy it as much as her more contemporary novels? Well, of course I did! As with many of this author's books, love is at the heart of the story. In this case it is a forbidden love between East End working class girl Dot Simpson and soldier Sol Arbuthnott. They meet at a function where Dot is wa I'm reviewing one of Amanda Prowse's earlier books today. I am a big fan of her writing but this one was a little different from most I've read as it's set in the past, 1960s London to be precise. Would I enjoy it as much as her more contemporary novels? Well, of course I did! As with many of this author's books, love is at the heart of the story. In this case it is a forbidden love between East End working class girl Dot Simpson and soldier Sol Arbuthnott. They meet at a function where Dot is waitressing and, unknown to her, Sol is the son of the guest of honour. So why the opposition to their love? Quite apart from the difference in social class, Sol is from St Lucia in the West Indies and nice white girls from London just don't get into relationships with black men. The story follows the couple as they face prejudice and opposition to their relationship. My heart just went out to this young couple, so much in love and yet denied the opportunity to be together as they so wanted. They faced so much prejudice from both their families and that was really uncomfortable to read at times. The story was so heartbreaking that there was a lump in my throat on a few occasions. Yet it is also a story of great courage and never forgetting your dreams, however impossible they may seem. Things may not work out as exactly you hope but sometimes the most unexpected situations can bring joy. Clover's Child is an emotional and romantic story and despite the sadness is also surprisingly uplifting. It is true to the attitudes of the era and although our society is by no means perfect yet, you can see how far we have come since then. Recommended to those who enjoy a touching and engaging family drama.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Darling

    Amanda Prowse writes this story based on life in the early 1960's for young women who were unmarried and pregnant. The shame the family felt that their daughter had brought such disgrace to their front door. It was a time when these girls were sent away to mother and baby homes with the expectation that the child would be adopted and no one would ever know that the girl had given birth to a baby and she would return home and have to act as though nothing had happened. Amanda Pearse lets us into Amanda Prowse writes this story based on life in the early 1960's for young women who were unmarried and pregnant. The shame the family felt that their daughter had brought such disgrace to their front door. It was a time when these girls were sent away to mother and baby homes with the expectation that the child would be adopted and no one would ever know that the girl had given birth to a baby and she would return home and have to act as though nothing had happened. Amanda Pearse lets us into what this was like for the girl Clover. Her naivety gets her into trouble. A rich Asian man falls in love with her whilst staying in England and she trusts him completely to know best for her. She gives herself to him, her first and only love. When his parents know they are serious they threaten that Clover's family will suffer if he does not leave and return home and because of his love for her he leaves England without a goodbye. Clover is heart-broken to find she is expecting a baby and very frightened. This is the worst scenario for her, to give birth to a child of mixed race. It is a painful story of those times, but it shares the courage and strength that young girls showed at such times, whilst living their life keeping a very painful secret locked in their hearts.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Em Yarnell

    Beautiful story that's so powerful. A real love story and an emotional roller coaster. It's simply breathtaking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and Dot is such a wonderful Character. A truly heart breaking and heart warming story. A rainbow of emotions and again I felt so invested in each and every character. The authors ability to immerse me so completely inside the intricate lives never ceases to amaze me. So beautifully written, another one of Amanda's books I just couldn't put down. I hated Beautiful story that's so powerful. A real love story and an emotional roller coaster. It's simply breathtaking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and Dot is such a wonderful Character. A truly heart breaking and heart warming story. A rainbow of emotions and again I felt so invested in each and every character. The authors ability to immerse me so completely inside the intricate lives never ceases to amaze me. So beautifully written, another one of Amanda's books I just couldn't put down. I hated the ending, but in a really good way. Wishing for just one more chapter. One more glimpse.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna Knight

    Meh. Interesting start - white girl falls in love with black man in 1960's London - but turned into bland chick lit, with one-dimensional characters and the central (and potentially most interesting) theme, that of the reasons for society's disapproval - on both sides - was just stated but not developed or explored. Meh. Interesting start - white girl falls in love with black man in 1960's London - but turned into bland chick lit, with one-dimensional characters and the central (and potentially most interesting) theme, that of the reasons for society's disapproval - on both sides - was just stated but not developed or explored.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louise Child

    Prejudice Love's young dream thwarted by prejudice . An untimely pregnancy , adoption, lack of support .A bit of a none event .Not at all realistic .The glossing over of slavery early in the book should have warned me how trite this tale was to be . Prejudice Love's young dream thwarted by prejudice . An untimely pregnancy , adoption, lack of support .A bit of a none event .Not at all realistic .The glossing over of slavery early in the book should have warned me how trite this tale was to be .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Colette Nicholls

    This isn’t the kind of book I normally read but my mum gave it to me after she’d finished it. I was totally hooked from the time I picked it up, it had me in tears more than once. The night I finished it I couldn’t sleep because I was so moved by the story and the sadness. Really fantastic book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie Baker

    This had some strong parts, but at others felt a little clichéd. Many of the scenes and characters felt like I'd read them before. However it was enjoyable enough even if the ending and epilogue were a little far fetched. This had some strong parts, but at others felt a little clichéd. Many of the scenes and characters felt like I'd read them before. However it was enjoyable enough even if the ending and epilogue were a little far fetched.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marie Tailor

    A complete tear jerker. It is a story that will have you getting angry at the fact that Dot is given such an unfair hand in life. I'd love to write more but I don't want to include spoilers! Read it, enjoy and have a tissue to hand. A complete tear jerker. It is a story that will have you getting angry at the fact that Dot is given such an unfair hand in life. I'd love to write more but I don't want to include spoilers! Read it, enjoy and have a tissue to hand.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina Milledge

    Heartbreaking and absorbing. Enjoyed this one :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t want it to end! I lived with Dot every day until the book ended. And the links to Poppy Day were subtle but made me smile.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    One of the very best books I've ever read. No book has ever made me cry -this made me sob One of the very best books I've ever read. No book has ever made me cry -this made me sob

  22. 5 out of 5

    June Jones

    A lovely story of one couples love for each other against predigest in the 60s.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Fantastic, absolutely amazing story. Really got to know the characters and loved every minute. Will definitely be reading this one again x x x

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie Round

    A sad love story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    annette utting

    Very good

  26. 5 out of 5

    Muhemed Masika

    Lived there

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Thielen

    Thought provoking romance between a poor white female Londoner and a wealthy black man from St. Lucia. And to think, this was set in my lifetime!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claire Frost

    Loved this book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Personally I would recommend reading this book before any others in this series. It is wonderful read! Heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. The story had a great wrap up.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mrs L. Jacklin

    Tear jerker Loved this book a real tear jerker and one that I was unable to put down. Love the characters. Well written makes me want even more.

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