The Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane #BookReview #BlogTour #TobaccoGirls1 #BoldwoodBooks #RachelsRandomResources #NetGalley #4*

The start of a thrilling new series, from bestselling author Lizzie Lane which follows three friends through thick and thin.

Bristol 1939. School leaver Maisie Miles suspects her father, a small-time crook, has an ulterior motive for insisting she gets a job at the W. D. & H. O. Wills tobacco factory but keeps it to herself.

She’s befriended by effervescent Phyllis Mason and kind-hearted Bridget Milligan who take pity on her and take Maisie under their wing.

But beneath their happy go lucky exteriors they all harbour dreams and worries about what the future holds.

Engaged to be married Phyllis dreams of romance and passion but when it comes there are dire consequences.

Bridget seemingly the level headed one harbours a horror of something unspeakable that she cannot easily come to terms with.

There’s great comradeship at the tobacco factory, and with the advent of war everything is about to change and even the closest friendships are likely to be strained.

A Wonderful Tale of Poverty & Friendship!

What a great start to what promises to be an unmissable series!

Maisie has long dreamed of the day she will leave school and can leave home to head for a job in the country, but her father insists she go to work at W. D. & H. O. Wills, the local tobacco factory. Maisie is pretty sure she has an ulterior motive though – she doesn’t trust him. As it turns out, she finds friendship at her job working alongside Phyllis and Bridget and before long the three of them are the best of mates. It seems that Maisie isn’t the only one with dreams for the future but with the threat of war, how will the three friends fare?

This is a wonderful tale of poverty and friendship, and I’m already looking forward to the second one. Whilst this is a complete read it also opens up possibilities for the futures of all three young women. The author has created entirely believable characters and has obviously done her research into the pre-war period. Both well-written and extremely interesting, this promises to be a good series to follow. For those who, like me, enjoy pre-war sagas, this gets my recommendation and four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021.

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