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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

My August TBR list!


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Someone, could well be me!, has decided  she needs to be a little extra organised for the month of August as she has just looked at her schedule for Blog Tours, The 20 Books of Summer challenge and online Book Clubs,  alongside the books she has been sent to review and ones she's bought herself, and she may have cried a little at the amount!! Trying to remain calm is NOT an option!  HELP ME!!!

So  being organised it is then! I've just sorted out a small pile to begin with - as to not overwhelm myself! - so this is just a little taste of the books I have ahead of me in August! Bagpuss and Elmo helped put this collection together...so it's their fault if it all goes wrong!!


AT MRS LIPPINCOTE'S by ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Invited by the lovely Karen to join her group on GoodReads - The Elizabeth Taylor Reading Project - and this is the first of 12 books by Elizabeth Taylor (no, not that one!!) that we're set to read over the course of a year! Can't wait!


The debut novel from Elizabeth Taylor - shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Mrs Lippincote's house, with its mahogany furniture and yellowing photographs, stands as a reminder of all the certainties that have vanished with the advent of war. Temporarily, this is home for Julia, who has joined her husband Roddy at the behest of the RAF. Although she can accept the pomposities of service life, Julia's honesty and sense of humour prevent her from taking her role as seriously as her husband, that leader of men, might wish; for Roddy, merely love cannot suffice - he needs homage as well as admiration. And Julia, while she may be a most unsatisfactory officer's wife, is certainly no hypocrite.

The Lion Tamer who Lost by Louise Beech

Ahead of a Blog Tour this has really got me excited after so many wonderful reviews!


Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn't...

Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn't for the reasons he imagined...

Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben's father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth? 

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart.

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers

This is the book club choice of The Ninja Book Box Book Club - a fab and fun little online club that chooses an indie book to read each month! Very excited to read this one!


An England divided. From his remote moorland home, David Hartley assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history. 

They are the Cragg Vale Coiners and their business is ‘clipping’ – the forging of coins, a treasonous offence punishable by death.

A charismatic leader, Hartley cares for the poor and uses violence and intimidation against his opponents. He is also prone to self-delusion and strange visions of mythical creatures.

When excise officer William Deighton vows to bring down the Coiners and one of their own becomes turncoat, Hartley’s empire begins to crumble. With the industrial age set to change the face of England forever, the fate of his empire is under threat.

Forensically assembled from historical accounts and legal documents, The Gallows Pole is a true story of resistance that combines poetry, landscape, crime and historical fiction, whose themes continue to resonate. Here is a rarely-told alternative history of the North.

The Summer House by Philip Teir

Won a copy of this from the publisher, Serpents Tail, and it seems the perfect month to read it!

The light greenery of the early summer is trembling around Erik and Julia as they shove their children into the car and start the drive towards the house by the sea on the west coast of Finland where they will spend the summer. From the outside they are a happy young family looking forward to a long holiday together.

But look under the surface, and their happiness shows signs of not lasting the summer. On the eve of the holiday, Erik lost his job, but hasn't yet told the family. And the arrival of Julia's childhood friend Marika - along with her charismatic husband Chris, the leader of a group of environmental activists that have given up hope for planet Earth and are returning to a primitive lifestyle - deepens the hairline cracks that had so far remained invisible.

Around these people, over the course of one summer, Philip Teir weaves a finely-tuned story about life choices and lies, about childhood and adulthood. How do we live if we know that the world is about to end?

The Librarian by Salley Vickers

A recent purchase after reading so many glowing reviews! 


A charmingly subversive novel about a library in 1950s England, by the acclaimed author of The Cleaner of Chartres

Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man - but it's her connection to his precocious young daughter and her neighbours' son which will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat.

How does the library alter the young children's lives and how do the children fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Treated myself to a signed copy of this a couple of months' ago and it is now on the Man Booker long list so that has bumped it up my TBR pile!


Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia, and Sky kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood, and transformation

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Add to that lot I need to fit in 9 more books to complete my #20booksofsummer challenge, which I had hoped would be made up from my overstocked NetGalley shelves - there may be some cheating going on and you might end up seeing some of these books added to my challenge!!

Do you set yourself TBR's for the month ahead?! Does it help?! Would love to hear your thoughts - and if you've read any of these I'd love to know if they got your seal of approval!
HAPPY READING!!

#PromoBlitz Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling #Giveaway


Nice little Promo Blitz to share with you all today, so my thanks to Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for helping put this all together and letting me be part of it!  And as an added bonus, there's a giveaway too!! Read on for more details!!



Reflected Destinies

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London. But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.
Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny. But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?


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About the Author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother's name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool's Day. She is married with two teenage chidren. Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton. Reflected Destinies is her first novel. Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.




GIVEAWAY

You have to be in it to win it!! So click on the link below and register your entry for a chance to win! Good Luck!!

 1st Prize – Signed copy of Reflected Destinies (UK Only) 
2nd Prize – E-copy of Reflected Destinies (International)

*Terms and Conditions –You are only eligible to win the signed copy if you are in the UK. Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

#PromoBlitz Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer by Lily Mae Walters #Giveaway


Delighted to be taking part in this Promo Blitz today - and giveaway! - so my thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!  

Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whist staying at her Great Grandmother's cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer - magical crystals that render the owner immortal - have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

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About the Author

Author Bio Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.
She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.
Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories.
Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series. Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.



GIVEAWAY

Want to win a copy?!! Of course you do! Please follow the link to get your entry in - and I wish you luck!!


1st Prize – Signed copy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer (UK Only) 
2nd Prize – E-copy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer (International)

*Terms and Conditions –You are only eligible to win the signed copy if you are in the UK. Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This
will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Saturday, 28 July 2018

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - Week 29 2018


Hello! There has been rain!! Wet stuff falling from the sky! It was glorious!! That's what the never ending heatwave has done to me! Celebrating raindrops!! Back to sunny again today though but very windy! What will the weather throw at us next I wonder?!

The extreme heat of the past week - well over 30 degrees most days - has meant that reading has been a great way of passing time and distracting myself from it being too hot! So 6 books have been consumed and enjoyed this week! It's also been a great week on the bookpost front - so grab a cuppa and enjoy my little look back on the week just gone, and a sneak peek at what I'm currently reading!

BOOKS FINISHED

Fabulous novella that I didn't want to end!


Read ahead of a forthcoming Blog Tour - thoroughly enjoyed it!


Another Blog Tour read - I ADORED this book!!


Another Blog Tour read - and one that had me laughing out loud on  a number of occasions!


Loved this! Felt like a classic childrens' adventure! Magical!


Fabulous!! 



BOOK POST
Been a very lucky bunny on the book post front this week! Ooh and there was a NetGalley weak moment too!


Under the Wig by William Clegg QC
A Lawyer’s Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence
Hardback, 288 pages
ISBN 9781912454082
Publication: 4 October 2018
How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? How do you sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case?
Meet London’s top murder case lawyer as he meets clients in prisons, confronts witnesses in packed courts — and frees innocent people jailed for decades.
In this vivid memoir, William Clegg QC revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the murder of Jill Dando, and from Britain’s first Nazi war criminal to the man given life because of an earprint.
All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict — and how our right to a fair trial is now in peril. Switch off the TV dramas and plunge into the criminal law in action. 


 An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
Publication Date - August 2018 by Lightning Books
SHORTLISTED: Miles Franklin Literary Award
SHORTLISTED: Stella Prize
SHORTLISTED: Ned Kelly Prize for Best Crime Novel
When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm ensues.
Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm are Bella’s beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparently easy-going nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts that only experience can bring, and May Norman, a young reporter with high ideals sent to cover the story.
An Isolated Incident is a humane and beautifully observed tale of everyday violence, the media’s obsession with the murders of pretty young women and the absence left in the world when someone dies.
Summer of Secrets by Nikola Scott
Publication Date - 6th September 2018
Nikola Scott's heart-breaking and unforgettable new novel tells the story of two women linked by a dark secret, in 1939 and the modern day. Not to be missed by readers of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Morton.

1939. Madeleine, an orphaned young woman, fears that life at her beautiful family home Summerhill will change for ever when her adored sister Georgina returns from London with a handsome and charming fiancΓ©. Maddie fears that the man Georgina loves is not all he seems. And even idyllic Cornwall is falling under the shadow of war...

Today. Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future despite her husband's devotion. When her work takes her to Summerhill, she's drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything...


A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille
 Published by Alma Classics

Four sailors discover a copper cylinder containing a manuscript written by the adventurer Adam More, who was shipwrecked in the southern hemisphere. They read its contents out to one another, and the incredible story unfolds of his journey to a lost world which survives at the foot of a volcano. This strange utopian society, in which humans coexist with prehistoric animals, is the antithesis of Victorian England, as poverty is preferred to wealth and darkness to light.

At once a timeless satire and a pioneering work of science fiction, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder will enthrall readers of today and revive James De Mille's reputation as a writer ahead of his time.


Baxter's Requiem by Matthew Crow - NetGalley download

Let me tell you a story, about a man I knew, and a man I know...

Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgily finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home.

Baxter is many things - raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur - but 'good patient' he is not. He had every intention of living his twilight years with wine, music and revelry; not tea, telly and Tramadol. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare - until he meets Gregory.

At only nineteen years of age, Greg has suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going.

Determined to save the boy, Baxter decides to enlist his help on a mission to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas: the man with whom he found true happiness; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned. The best man he ever knew.

With Gregory in tow Baxter sets out on a spirited escape from Melrose, bound for the war graves of Northern France. As Baxter shares his memories, the boy starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live.


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Hope that the week ahead is just as successful! I need to be paying my #20booksofsummer challenge a bit more notice! Time flies when you're reading...

HAPPY READING!












Friday, 27 July 2018

#BlogTour Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman #BookReview #Giveaway


Another fun, fabulous read from Kathryn Freeman. You'll want to lock yourself away with this one! 

An absolute honour to be involved on this Blog Tour for this delicious treat from Kathryn Freeman! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of the fun!




So as well as sharing my thoughts on the book, I am also offering the chance for you to win your own copy of Too Damn Nice in paperback form!! Yet another fabulous read from Kathryn and one you NEED in your collection to read!!

Oh Crumbs

Sometimes life just takes the biscuit … Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag. Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her. But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.

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About the Author



A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

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MY REVIEW

Oh Crumbs this was good!! Sorry I couldn't resist!!  But I found this to be such fun to read, as well as now having a new book boyfriend to swoon over - where do I go to find my own Doug???!

Abby is the main character and she is a complete sweetheart!  She lost her mum at an early age, so that meant she took over the mum role at home to help out her dad with her younger siblings, and she's always put them first over herself.  When she finds herself looking for a new job, she goes for an interview for a PA position at the local biscuit company  and this is where Douglas enters her life!

He's the boss who  is looking for a new PA. He's not keen on the biscuit industry and would rather be following his main passion of painting, but his family have placed expectations on his shoulder so he's doing his bit! Due to a rather strained relationship with his family, especially his father, he's not one for forming strong bonds with people, and is a little shocked by his new PA in her mannerisms and her way of dealing with life.  He likes order and calm, she's more chaotic and messy! I just loved the spark between these two from their first meeting!  She soon thrives in her new role and becomes an essential element to Doug and the business of moving the company forward.  

The family of Abby were also an absolute treat!  So much fun and they like to say what they feel, no matter the company they are in!  It is obvious how much they all care for Abby considering all she had done for them - a really supportive family, unlike the family environment Doug was used to.

There are a few bumps in the road for the relationship between Doug and Abby, through work and family issues, and it was fascinating to see how they faced these problems and work things out.

Loved it!!

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GIVEAWAY


Win a paperback copy of Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Thursday, 26 July 2018

#BookReview The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola #PublicationDay


About the book

From the author of THE UNSEEING comes a sizzling, period novel of folk tales, disappearances and injustice set on the Isle of Skye, sure to appeal to readers of Hannah Kent's BURIAL RITES or Beth Underdown's THE WITCH FINDER'S SISTER.

'A wonderful combination of a thrilling mystery and a perfectly depicted period piece' Sunday Mirror

Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the word-of-mouth folk tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories. Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters tell her that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl has disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the spirits of the unforgiven dead. Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but then she is reminded of her own mother, a Skye woman who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. It seems there is a link to be explored, and Audrey may uncover just what her family have been hiding from her all these years.
 

Published by Tinder Press

Publication Date - 26th July 2018

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MY REVIEW

An enthralling mix of history, mystery, thriller and folklore that I adored and now has me itching to read more folklore tales!

I loved THE UNSEEING from this author, so have been eager to read her latest release and once more I've been captivated by the setting, the characters and the unsettling feeling throughout as the tale of missing girls unfolds on the Isle of Skye.

Set in 1857, Audrey is not ready for a life of conforming. An unhappy home life due to her father and stepmother, she is eager to get away so is happy to escape to Skye to fill the vacancy advertised as a collector of folktales for Miss Buchanan. Her mother used to collect stories too, so Audrey has grown up around the dark local tales and wishes to help collate more. She is initially met with resistance from a lot of the locals as they are scared to share the stories as they've been brought up to believe that there'll be trouble if stories of the fairy folk are shared. This ties in with the mystery disappearances of young girls, and when Audrey discovers the body of one girl washed up on the shoreline it is only natural that the locals fear more trouble is coming their way.

There's a great range of characters in this book - Audrey is a troubled young woman but eager to get on in life and not settle for life as a wife as expected in those days. She is desperately missing her mother and wants to know more about the way she died too and while she is back in the area she also finds out more about her. Miss Buchanan is another great character! A very imposing woman who is virtually housebound due to an accident, but still has an inquisitive mind and great hold over the locals. Her nephew Alec has been assisting her with the folklore tales but is keen to be a writer and story collector in his own right so is often distracted by his own endeavours.

I also loved the way the story of Bainne is dotted throughout this book. A story from the folklore world, it gives a real insight into the fairy life and a sense of how much power the stories had over the local communities who often ran their way of life according to superstition. And with the times they were living in being so tough it was easy to see why they put so much faith in these dark stories - as one character said 'it's better to be terrified than miserable' .

I really enjoyed the slow build of this story. With various threads running throughout there was always something going on, a new story to be told, a new mystery to be investigated and combined with the bleak setting it really made this an unsettling and atmospheric read. Whenever Audrey got close to uncovering a truth there was always something put in her way to make her start questioning her own sanity, and as a reader you were never quite sure who to trust as so many seemed keen on keeping Audrey away from their way of life.

Highly recommended for those who love their tales dark and disturbing!!

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Monday, 23 July 2018

#BookReview Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce


About the book

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.
 

Published by Picador

Out now

Purchase Links

Amazon UK  £4.99

Hive.co.uk  £10.69

Book Depository  £5.42



MY REVIEW

Another one of those books that I couldn't put down once I picked it up! And this time it wasn't because of the twists or shocking reveals, but all down to the fact that it was such a charming and touching story of 2 friends and their experiences of living in London during the War, and how their perspectives of war were different from those on the frontline.

Emmeline and Bunty are 2 friends, sharing a flat and have the kind of friendship goals we all aspire too! So supportive to one another which was much needed during the war with their other halves rarely around. Emmeline is a secretary but has designs on being a journalist and when she sees an advert for a junior at the local paper she goes for it!! Even her interview was quite eventful, but she was so swept up in the dream of being a journalist that she never really asked what the job entailed! So she is a little disappointed to find out she'll be typing up answers to problems that readers write in to the 'Women's Friend' periodical! 

The problem page is under the guardianship of Mrs Bird and what a character she is! The list of topics she refuses to answer problems about is seemingly endless! She doesn't do 'unpleasantness' as she calls it! So as Emmeline has to sort through the letters she is struck by how honest people are who write in and just want answers to the problems they face, mainly to do with relationships. So Emmeline takes it on herself to reply to some of these in person - risking her job and journalism dreams! It's all done with the best of intentions but she still worries if she ever gets found out.

And all this goes on while London is under daily bombing risks so that perspective of life is greatly explored during this book. Having to take your gas masks with you where ever you go, and how life did carry on 'as normal' while the fear of watching neighbourhoods being destroyed was ever present. 

I just adored the characters in this - they were 'all round good eggs' as the saying goes! Thoughtful, helpful, considerate and always trying to do the right thing! I also loved the viewpoint of being a woman during the war, and how you were just expected to go about things as normal and to keep quiet if you ever had fears or doubts. For some the problem pages were the only way for them to share such intimate details and if they weren't getting answered, they had nowhere else to turn to.

This book was full of such warmth, emotion and even humour - loved the image of them swearing at Hitler while bombs were dropping around them - and it just filled my heart with glee throughout!

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