The Halfpenny Girls at War by Maggie Mason #BookReview #TheHalfpennyGirls3 #Sphere #LittleBrown #5*

The third in a brand new series from reader favourite Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls at War is the perfect heart-warming family saga about overcoming hardship and the value of friendship. 

Will friendship see them through the struggles of war?

As war approaches, Alice, Edith and Marg fear for the safety of their families, while trying to decide the best way they can do their bit for their country.

Alice decides to volunteer with the Red Cross, helping those most in need, Marg is preparing to marry her true love at the most dangerous of times, and Edith hopes to finally realise her dream of becoming a teacher, and starting a family of her own.

Things have never been easy for The Halfpenny Girls, but family, friendship and community spirit will always see them through the darkest of days. . .

The Halfpenny Girls series

  1. The Halfpenny Girls
  2. The Halfpenny Girls at Christmas
  3. The Halfpenny Girls at War

A Fabulous Wartime Saga!

Another terrific novel in this wonderful series!

Now that war has been declared, Britain is busy getting prepared and Alice, Marg and Edith are all considering which way they can best ‘do their bit’. Fearful of what this means for their families, each one is hoping and praying for the safety of everyone they know. Marg is about to marry, Edith is embarking upon her teaching career and Alice? Alice decides to join the Red Cross and do whatever she can to help. Will they manage to protect their own and come through this war unscathed?

Right from the beginning this has been a realistic and thoroughly enjoyable series, putting the reader right back in time to the war years, and giving an appreciation of how horrifically the declaration of war affected ordinary families. This is a story which will have you reaching for tissues more than once – I certainly did. Unable to put it down, I read on well into the early hours and I really appreciated the epilogue which tied everything up nicely, leaving no unanswered questions to float around in my head. With well developed characters this is a heartwarming read; beautifully written, as always by this author, it is a complete stand-alone read but is greatly enhanced by reading the two preceding books. A fabulous read and one I greatly enjoyed. Highly recommended and absolutely worth all five sparkling stars!

My thanks to Natasha Gill of Little, Brown Book Group for my copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s historical fiction, WWII

Author Details

Maggie Mason is a pseudonym of author Mary Wood. Mary began her career by self-publishing on kindle where many of her sagas reached number one in genre. She was spotted by Pan Macmillan and to date has written many books for them under her own name, with more to come.

Mary continues to be proud to write for Pan Macmillan, but is now equally proud and thrilled to take up a second career with Sphere under the name of Maggie Mason. A Blackpool Lass is her first in a planned series of standalone books and trilogies set in her home town of Blackpool.

Born the thirteenth child of fifteen children, Mary describes her childhood as poor, but rich in love.
She was educated at St Peter’s RC School in Hinckley and at Hinckley College for Further Education, where she was taught shorthand and typing.

Mary retired from working for the National Probation Service in 2009, when she took up full time writing, something she’d always dreamed of doing. She follows in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, Dora Langlois, who was an acclaimed author, playwright and actress in the late nineteenth – early twentieth century.

It was her work with the Probation Service that gives Mary’s writing its grittiness, her need to tell it how it is, which takes her readers on an emotional journey to the heart of issues.

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