At sixteen years old, Irene ‘Reenie’ Calder is leaving school with little in the way of qualifications. She is delighted to land a seasonal job at Mackintosh’s Quality Street factory. Reenie feels like a kid let loose in a sweet shop, but trouble seems to follow her around and it isn’t long before she falls foul of the strict rules.
Diana Moore runs the Toffee Penny line and has worked hard to secure her position. Beautiful and smart, the other girls in the factory are in awe of her, but Diana has a dark secret which if exposed, could cost her not only her job at the factory but her reputation as well.
When a terrible accident puts supply of Quality Street at risk, Reenie has a chance to prove herself. The shops are full of Quality Street lovers who have saved up all year for their must-have Christmas treat. Reenie and Diana know that everything rests on them, if they are to give everyone a Christmas to remember…
I have been wanting to get my hands on this book for ages and finally I did and it did not disappoint. The book is set in the 1930’s and we see how life was in those days. I found it sad how the children had to grow up in houses that were unfit for purpose and how ill they were. I loved reading about the factory where they made the quality street chocolates and I could almost imagine the smells of the chocolates being made there. A real treat of a book.
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