Let me take you back to a time when the lives of ordinary women were changed as never before.
I used to listen with avid interest as my mother and others told me of their wartime experiences, the fear, the shortages, the blackout and the sudden changes in their lives. Factory girls, typists, debutantes and housewives left the home front and took up nursing, ambulance driving, fire watching and much more. En masse they left the home front behind and took up duties on the war front. These are the women whose stories I tell – whether they are keeping the home fires burning or serving on the war front.
Despite everything, they still found time to have fun, to love whether for the moment or such love that lasts a lifetime.
I hope you too will come with me and follow these very ordinary girls of whom much was asked and a lot given.
BRISTOL 1943 and life for the Tobacco Girls isn’t getting any easier…
Bridget Milligan has donned a uniform and joined the nursing services where she becomes intrigued with the miracles of modern medicine.
She’s also torn between family loyalty, her new career and Lyndon O’Neill, the love of her life. Is it too impossible to hope that everything will come out right in the end?
Phyllis Harvey is still serving in Malta where she sees the casualties of war first hand. Finally it seems like Phyllis is blessed with true in love, but fate can sometimes be a rocky road and nothing is that certain.
Maisie Miles is left holding the home front at the tobacco factory but with the sudden death of her grandmother finds herself once more alone in the world. However, thanks to a substantial inheritance, she is able to extend a helping hand to a friend in desperate need.
There are tears and laughter, goodbyes and new arrivals along with the hope that new beginnings are not far over the horizon.
The Tobacco Girls Series
- The Tobacco Girls
- Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls
- Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls
- Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls
- Marriage and Mayhem for the Tobacco Girls
A Wonderful Wartime Read!
Another wonderfully heartwarming read in this wartime series!
As the war rages on, the three M’s find themselves apart, each doing ‘their bit’; Maisie is the only one still working in the tobacco factory while Phyllis remains in Malta and Bridget is pursuing her dream of a nursing career, still very much in love with Lyndon and hoping her family will come round to the idea of their being in love. Phyllis is finally glimpsing love again – will it end better than the first time round? When Maisie’s grandmother dies, she find herself homeless again – but with a considerable inheritance solves not only her problems but those of a friend.
This is one of the best series set in Wartime Britain, demonstrating how life opened up for young women and showing the majority grabbing it with both hands. These three friends have come through some tough times but one thing is for sure: they are always there for each other, no matter how far apart. With twist and turns galore, this one kept me glued to the page from start to finish, and I relished each and every word. A superb addition to this series and I’m looking forward to the next one. Easily worth all five sparkling stars!
I downloaded this ebook via Kindle Unlimited; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical women’s fiction, WWII
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
- Size: 337 pages
- Publisher: Boldwood Books
- Publication Date: 03 March 2022
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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 was published in January 2021 with the second following in June 2021.