A Time for Rosebuds is the story of two years in the life of Cathy, a seventeen-year-old Yorkshire girl, who leaves her home in the industrial North of England to follow her dreams of finding fame and fortune in London. It is the mid-1950s and hostel accommodation in a room for four has been arranged. New friendships are soon made, including a tender love interest in the form of tall, dark and handsome Gary, whom Cathy meets at a dance hall. A job is secured and Cathy finds the reality of living and working in London a joy unsurpassed. An exciting holiday in Mallorca is experienced, at a time when bikinis on the beaches are banned - and Cathy faces near-arrest when spotted from afar wearing one. The scent of Jab6n Maja is in the air at the flamenco, but not all is well at the bullfight. Challenged by a series of situations that unfold as the story develops, Cathy becomes acquainted with a side of London that she had no idea existed. Alongside the scintillating lighting displays adorning the clubs and theatres of the West End, Cathy is soon to realise that the night life is not for her. With Gary posted overseas, Cathy becomes more involved in the well-being of those around her.
Her desire for stardom has to take second place when she is called upon to help out friends in genuine need. Jenny, for one, is pregnant and considering an abortion. Linda is homeless, having been evicted from the hostel on account of a misdemeanour. This book, compelling throughout and leading to an explosive finale, is a must for the female reader, aged from sixteen years and well beyond.
CONTENTS 1 Leaving Home 9 2 T'Express 13 3 Getting There 16 4 King Alfred Square 27 5 Guy 36 6 Gary Again 45 7 Christmas 56 8 A Wedding - and an Ultimatum 65 9 Le Chat Noir 72 10 Miranda 80 11 Divertissement 87 12 Uncle Albert & Co. 101 13 The Rose-Scented Letter 110 14 Sir Ernest 120 15 Majorca 122 16 The Bull Fight 132 17 Trio Los Caracas 146 18 London! 154 19 A New Job 166 20 Slipping Away - Again? 179 21 Philippe 186 22 Linda 195 23 The Lotus Flower 207 24 Midge 213 25 Farewell Linda 228 26 Jenny 235 27 The Appointment 248 28 Like a Rosebud in Winter 258 29 A Telephone Message 270 30 The Right Time This Time? 277