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No. 23 Burlington Square by Jenni Keer : a review

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book cover for No. 23 Burlington Square by Jenni Keer.  A house in the background with the three intended new residents in the foreground

No. 23 Burlington Square by Jenni Keer

  • Category : Historical Fiction
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boldwood Books Ltd (31 Oct. 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 370 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1785139568
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785139567
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No. 23 Burlington Square Summary

On the morning of Friday 5th February, 1927, Miss Agnes Humphries – the landlady of the attractive, if-slightly-shabby, white-fronted townhouse at Number 23 Burlington Square – has a decision to make.

The rooms of the second floor lie empty, since poor Mr Blandford’s unfortunate demise, God rest his soul. And Agnes must make up her mind as to who will be her new lodger… Will it be her spirited, young niece Clara, who drifts through the glamorous world of London’s Bright Young Things? Or Stephen, the sensible, church-going, respectable banker who seems just be too good to be true? Or the timid war widow named Mercy, who is clearly running from something – or someone…?

Agnes must choose between them. But what will her decision lead to? One of the choices could result in scandal, one in devastation, and one could even lead to happiness. If only she gets it right…

As all three lodgers enter Number 23, in alternate timelines, relationships are formed and destroyed, feathers are ruffled, and secrets are exposed. Three different choices. Three very different paths. And Agnes is to discover that nobody – including herself – is quite who they seem…

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No. 23 Burlington Square Review

It’s 1927 and Agnes is the landlady of 23 Burlington Square. She loves the house that she was handed down by her father and when one of her tenants Mr Blandford dies, a vacancy becomes available for his rooms. Agnes receives responses from her niece Clara, Mercy Mayweather, and a Mr Thompson. She must decide which one of these characters to rent the rooms out to and what follows in the book is a section on each of them, what would happen if they were each given the opportunity to live there.

Clara is hard work but family. She has some issues of her own to work through. Mercy is a war widow who is working in a department store and Mr Thompson has a respectable job in a bank. Agnes has reasons to offer the vacancy to all three of them, however one thing they all share is that there are sides to them that they are trying to hide.

No. 23 Burlington Square is very unique in that it has a ‘Sliding Doors’ feel, where the story changes depending on who is living at the property. Interspersed with them is the story of how Agnes came to be the landlady and of her past which I enjoyed.

Each character has a backstory, and we also get to know the existing inhabitants of 23 Burlington Square such as Mr Gorski and Gilbert who each have parts to play in each character segment.

I enjoyed reading this book with a unique element and found all the characters interesting.

The pace quickens towards the end of the book and reaches a satisfying ending.

Recommended!

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About the Author

Jenni Keer is the well-reviewed author of historical romances, often with a mystery at their heart. Most recently published by Headline and shortlisted for the 2023 RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year, her first book with Boldwood The House on Burlington Square will be released in October 2023.

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