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LAST TRAIN TO MARGATE by Sally Forrester


by Sally Forrester

148 pages
When Poppy relocated to Margate she answered a card in the window of the Madam Popoff Vintage Emporium announcing,“Part time help required only special people need apply.” She suddenly found herself drawn into a world of wonder, magic and healing. A series of short stories explore the ups and downs of life and the nature of healing.

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About the Book
At 50 years old Poppy was finally ready to leave London and embark upon a new adventure, the little seaside resort of Margate was calling. Elderly Aunt Flora had offered her a home at rambling Lookout Retreat, and it was time for Poppy to mend all of her broken pieces. When she noticed the small card in the window of the Madam Popoff Vintage Emporium informing the curious public, “Part time help required. Only special people need apply,” Poppy is drawn into a world of wonder, magic and true healing. As the clocks ticked on Poppy often asked herself, “ Who is Madam Popoff? Gypsy? Angel? Time Traveler? Gate Keeper?”

Later, reflecting upon her first year at the Madam Popoff Vintage Emporium, Poppy looked down at her own long slender fingers and her delicate hands -- working with Madam had taught her the importance of her hands. She had learned to feel her way through life, discern stories and ownership just by touching the things that crossed Madam’s threshold. Poppy acknowledged that there’s a silver thread that connects people, places, events and time. She was also beginning to understand the mysteries of healing. She knew in her heart that being in Margate had set her upon a path of healing herself, but more than this she was learning how she might be of assistance to others in distress.

Poppy had become privy to many stories: an exquisite art deco clutch bag decorated with beaded irises blowing in the wind connected her to the Margate lifeboat and the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk. A little gold donkey brooch with a seed pearl eye connected her to the trenches, the futility and utter devastation of the First World War. A faded, yet still jaunty, knitted Superman doll connected her to 1972 and a little boy suffering from severe spinal malformation. His adventures with Superman helped him to live vicariously in a world outside the confines of a spinal cast. An old Beatles album connected Poppy to The Royal School for Deaf Children, the 1963 Beatles performance in Margate, and with two deaf friends who were inseparable.

One day a little booklet called “The Twelve Healers,” by Dr. Edward Bach published in 1933 crossed Madam’s threshold, and Poppy also began to learn about the superior healers of mankind. As she grew in wisdom and knowledge Poppy accepted that in the end three things matter; how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

This book is about the passage of time and a lovely little seaside resort but it could be any town, anywhere in the world. It’s about life and the ups-and-downs we all experience. Stories explore sorrow and joy, hardship and loss. There are people who leave behind a legacy of kindness, sacrifice and courage. Other people suffer from the repercussions that overindulgence and selfishness bring. The forces of light and darkness are explored along with the notion that perhaps Madam Popoff is a Master from beyond this world!


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  • Ramsgate Calling by Sally Forrester
    After taking the “Last Train to Margate” over a year ago and working in the enigmatic Madam Popoff's shop, Poppy’s adventures continue in “Ramsgate Calling.” A series of short stories explore the ups and downs of life, and the nature of true healing.
  • Broadstairs On My Mind by Sally Forrester
    Madam Popoff opens another emporium in Broadstairs. Stories include the Carlton Hotel, Olympic games of 1924, convalescent homes, Punch and Judy, donkeys, smugglers, wreckers, lighthouses, the treacherous Goodwin Sands and the Teddy Bear Hospital!
  • From Margate to Key West with Love by Sally Forrester
    Elderly, mystical, enigmatic Maria Popoff opens another vintage emporium. New employee, Desmond, learns to discern stories of items left upon the doorstep. Key West's rich history unfolds besides ups and downs in the lives of the owners.
  • Margate's Gnomes by Sally Forrester
    Grandpa 42's gnome family lived in mountain caves.Melting snow forced them to find new homes with the woodland fairies.Forest fire forced yet another escape on a magic carpet to Margate. More adventures followed and gainful employment.


About the Author
Sally grew up in the seaside town of Margate and although she currently lives in the USA she is always drawn back to her roots. She graduated from teacher training college and has worked as a teacher, artist and over the past 18 years as a health and wellness coach.



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