Growing up on a farm in the country, Annie Cradwell has always dreamt of singing on stage. So when she hears her friend Joyce has a room to spare in London, she sets off with best friend Rose for an adventure beyond anything they could have imagined.
In London, Annie and Rose stumble into jobs at the Lyceum Theatre. Being a dresser to capricious star Kitty Smythe wasn’t exactly what Annie had in mind. But then the musical director, Matthew Harris, offers her singing lessons. And Annie starts to wonder – could this be her chance? Or is it all too good to be true?
With the threat of war in the air, everything is uncertain. Is there a place for hopes and dreams when so much is at stake?
Annie, Rose and Joyce are three girls with very different dreams – but the same great friendship.
From the author of the beloved Foyles Bookshop Girls series, The West End Girls is the first in a brand new series full of Elaine Roberts’ trademark warmth. Perfect for fans of Daisy Styles and Rosie Hendry.
A Wonderful Start to a New Series!
I jumped at the chance to read this when I saw the author’s name; The Foyles Girls was such an excellent series that it put Elaine Roberts onto my ‘must not miss’ list!
Annie Cradwell, farmer’s daughter, has long since held a dream of a career on a stage. Rose wants to support her friend in any way she can so when their friend Joyce offers them a place to stay in London, they pack up and set off to see if dreams can become reality. As luck would have it, they both land jobs in the theatre very quickly but not everyone is trustworthy. With the threat of war, the girls need to stick together.
What a cracking start to a new series! Beautifully created with a range of totally believable characters, this is a smashing beginning as well as a complete story on it’s own. The author produces smoothly flowing novels and I love that she manages to sneak in a mention of her previous series. My only criticism would be that there didn’t seem to be any shortage of cash and all characters were very generous in handing it out! That aside, this is a wonderful tale, expanding to encompass so much more than only the three main characters and I’m already looking forward to the next book. I’m very happy to give this one 4.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical saga, WWI
- Format: ebook
- Size: 336 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 18 June 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the next. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.