The East End Girl in Blue by Fenella J. Miller #BookReview #TheGirlsinBlue2 #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley #

As the war rages on around her, one girl in blue’s life is about to change forever…

Even in wartime, East End girl Nancy Evans has reason to hope. She’s a rising star in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and she’ll be walking down the aisle any day now… but then a brutal night of bombing changes her life forever.

Newly pregnant and single, Nancy swaps her blue uniform for a pinny, taking on housekeeping duties for handsome village doctor, David Denny. And though Nancy tries to stay cheerful and contribute to the war effort in any way she can, it isn’t long before she finds herself leaning on David for comfort…

The countryside is a world away from the home she grew up in, and Nancy soon learns not everyone approves of her Poplar roots – or her romantic entanglement with David.

But David doesn’t care about where she comes from… does he?

An Enjoyable, Engaging Read!

What a lovely second instalment, and a worthy sequel to the first!

Nancy Evans feels at home in the WAAF; she is gaining experience and promotions and, to top it all, she has her Tommy and their wedding is looming. Until one night of heavy and calamitous bombing changes everything. Finding herself pregnant and alone, Nancy leaves the service and looks for work elsewhere, ending up as a housekeeper to David Denny, local doctor and handsome with it. Although she tries to cope with her problems alone, it’s not long until David becomes a trusted friend and support. While Nancy is very happy with the rural life she is carving out for herself, it’s not long before the wagging tongues of a small village get gossiping but David doesn’t care about that – or does he?

I really enjoyed the first in this series where the main focus of three friends was Jane; this time around it is Nancy’s turn – and what a story she has to tell! It’s a stark reminder of how the class system affected ordinary folk and how the second world war changed things. Nancy is a beautifully drawn character, full of goodness and gumption. Both main characters are damaged souls who are doing their best with the hand life has dealt them and I was silently cheering for them all the way through. This is a packed tale, with lots going on and plenty of twists and turns along the way. An enjoyable, engaging read and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Fenella J Miller never disappoints and this is a novel I’m happy to recommend to all lovers of wartime sagas. 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: women’s historical saga, WWII

Author Details

Fenella J Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has over fifty Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, four Victorian sagas and fourteen WW2 family sagas. She is a widow and lives in a small village in Essex with her British Shorthair cat. She has a son, daughter in law, and a grandson.

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