The Bobby Girls’ Secrets by Johanna Bell #BookReview #TheBobbyGirls’#2 #HodderandStoughton #NetGalley #5*

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As the Great War rages on, will the truth come out?

1915. Best friends Irene, Maggie and Annie are proud members of the newly renamed Women’s Police Service. While Britain’s men are away fighting in France, the girls are doing their bit by keeping the peace at home in London’s East End.

But out of the blue, Irene is given the opportunity to be stationed near an army barracks in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Having recently experienced some heartbreak and keen for the adventure, she decides to go. What could possibly go wrong?

It turns out, plenty. One of the other WPS girls takes an immediate dislike to her and makes her life a misery. On top of that, the man she thinks could be the answer to all her problems isn’t all he seems. And when she finds a psychologically disturbed deserter in hiding, she has a very difficult decision to make . . .

Can Irene overcome all these obstacles without Maggie and Annie by her side, and find true happiness at last?

The Bobby Girls’ series

Book 1 – The Bobby Girls’

Book 2 – The Bobby Girls’ Secrets

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Well-Written & Memorable!      stars 5

A second exciting visit to the lives of three young women who were amongst the first to serve in the Women’s Police Service.

Carrying on from the first book, our three female police officers are now happily living together in their flat whilst two of them continue with extra work to make ends meet. When Irene hears of the opportunity of a paid position with the WPS she decides to pursue it as it will put some distance from her and her recent beau. So she heads off to Grantham where they need all the help they can get due to a recent influx of soldiers and all the issues they bring with them . . .

This is an excellent stand-alone read but I am happy that I read the previous novel as I felt it enhanced my pleasure in the story. It’s perfectly clear that the author has done some sterling research both in the social issues of the time and the formative years of the WPS. An exciting story into the world these women entered into and showing that they came from all walks of life to serve their country in this way. A very appealing and enjoyable tale, packed full with details – some which I never considered before. Full of insights into the wartime period on the home front, I have relished everything about this one, including how well-written and memorable this easily flowing story is. Highly recommended to all lovers of wartime domestic sagas and well worth all five glittering stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: historical women’s fiction, WWI
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
  • Size: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 14 May 2020
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Author Bio


Johanna Bell was born in London and grew up in Surrey. Her first job was as a children’s party organiser and lifeguard at a local leisure centre. She made the switch to journalism after leaving school and training for her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. Johanna worked as a local and national journalist for more than 15 years before making the move to books following her daughter’s birth. Her passion for history, and in particular the world wars, comes from listening to her Grandad’s stories of life on the frontline during World War Two and her love for her cousin who died serving for the Royal Marines in Northern Ireland.
Johanna lives in Surrey with her husband, their daughter and their scruffy dog Boris. Her debut The Bobby Girls is due for release in October 2019. She is currently working on the second book in the series; The Bobby Girls’ Secrets – set to be published in May 2020.

Social Media

Twitter: @JoBellAuthor

Facebook: @JohannaJournalist

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