Waiting on Wednesday : The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

the toymakersThe Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical…

Publication date: February 2018

14 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday : The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale”

  1. Tammy

    This sounds so good! I saw it on NetGalley but I didn’t check it out. But now I’ll probably go back and add it to the list😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – I kind of like that it’s not for immediate release too because I’m trying to pace my books out a little and avoid having 10 crop up in the same month!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    It sounds amazing! I hope you get to read it and tell us all about it. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like the sound of this one and can’t wait – but I seem to have a lot of good books waiting at the moment so I’m definitely trying to pace myself.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Sounds good. Too bad it comes out in 2018 or I’d add it to my potential Christmas reads. It strikes me as a book that would be good to read in December. Nice choice.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, it is already available on NG so you could potentially read it in December for a later review!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Interesting, I haven’t heard of this one before 🙂 It sounds fun!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t know why but there’s something that seems familiar about this – but I still love the sound of it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Magical toys!? This is the first I’ve heard of this one, but it sounds great, I’ll be keeping my eye out for it 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope it’s good – I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Greg

    This one’s new to me! Love the idea of a magical toy shop…


    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – although I suppose it could also be creepy – although I don’t think this is supposed to be anything other than magical.
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    I love the sound of this one, Lynn – looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

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