AUTHOR: ROBERT DINSDALE • CATEGORY: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 468
NOTE- I requested a review copy of The Toymakers from the brilliant people at Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
Do you remember when you believed in magic?
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…
As a child, did you imagine that your toys came to life while you were asleep? Did you play for hours on end, never wanting it to stop? Do remember when you grew older and tired of childish things? The magic was gone, sucked put by puberty and replaced with teenage angst…
Introducing The Toymakers and within its pages Papa Jacks Emporium, a place that will remind the dullest of adults about the magic that sometimes only children can see. Within The Emporium we find our protagonist Cathy and we follow her journey discovering the magic that is held within the Emporiums walls.
This book is so rich with description that you feel that you are in The Emporium experiencing everything along with Cathy. You can feel the pure joy that The Emporium brings to children and adults alike. But, don’t be fooled this book is quite dark, as we see inhabitants of The Emporium struggle with the changing world brought on by World War 1. The characters are complex and very realistic.
Hold onto your hats because the ending of this book is undeniably shocking and bloody sensational. Just wow. This is a book that will be loved by people of all ages, and trust me when I say this, after reading this book you will never look at a toy solider the same. You just can’t.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼☕☕☕☕ 5/5 teacups
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