Christmas Roses: More Stories from Broome Park Prefab Village by Pat Posner

Welcome back to Broome Park Prefab Village for this new collection of stories set in the 1950s and celebrate Christmas and other events with the prefab families.

Rationing has ended and there are new products arriving in the shops – though when the weather is cruel, the villagers still have to find ways of ‘making do’. 

There’s love and romance for the young and not so young, worries of keeping secrets, problems and mysteries and the odd crime or two but, above all, friendship and neighbourliness. 

It was such a pleasure to head back to Broome Park Prefab Village in the company of Pat Posner. I read her previous collection of short stories and they left me with a lovely, warm cosy feeling. I felt quite nostalgic for a time that I never even knew!
This second collection of stories is just as good, and it was a delight to catch up with the residents of Broome Park and be reunited with old friends, while meeting new ones. These stories are all feel-good, with characters you really want to spend time with. Happy endings are guaranteed, and in a world that can sometimes feel harsh and cruel (and a little bit scary!) it’s a relief to be in a place where you just know everything will turn out okay, where family values still matter, and a good nature and kind heart count for a lot.
My favourite stories were Wrong Number, and Sam and Flo’s First Christmas Together, which were unashamedly romantic and sweet, but all the stories were a joy to read.
If you want to be transported to a time and a place of goodness and innocence, then this is the book for you. Settle back with a cuppa and enjoy!

Daffodil Days: Stories from the Broome Park Pre-fab Village by Pat Posner

I really enjoyed this delightful collection of short stories by Pat Posner. Set in one of the prefab villages that were hurriedly erected after the war, to provide “temporary” housing for families, they are a slice of pure nostalgia. The characters that populate this book, and the village of Broome Park, are familiar and appealing, and the stories are entertaining and gentle. They would make great Sunday night television viewing!

My own particular favourites are the heartwarming The Lucky Sixpence, and a handful of mystery stories that reminded me of grown-up versions of Enid Blyton’s Five Find-Outers series: All’s Well that Ends Well, An Exciting Blackberry Week, Penny for the Guy, Gloria’s Errand, and Something Mysterious at Broome Hall.

This is a collection of deliciously cosy and comforting stories, depicting working class life in the nineteen-fifties, featuring characters across the generations: parents and grandparents, teenagers and young children, landowners, crooks, and the sort of genial local policeman, known to everyone in the area, that we all wish still walked the beat near us.

The stories cover all seasons, and plenty of special occasions are celebrated by the residents of Broome Park. I found myself quite drawn in and celebrating alongside the characters, occasionally getting tearful as they struggled with loss, or laughing at their antics.

Daffodil Days really is a gentle, comfortable read, perfect for cosying up with, when you want to shut out the world and be taken back to a time that, on reflection, seems so lovely and so innocent. I loved every page, and highly recommend it. 5/5

You can buy Daffodil Days here.