Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for the new release – A Ration Book Victory by Jean Fullerton

My Review

I have loved reading about the Brogan family and this visit was no exception, throughout this saga we have learnt snippets about the matriarch of the family Queenie and we get to learn more about her life before she came to London as she has to decide whether to tell her family something that could change them forever.

As the end of the war approaches we spend time with all of the Brogan children and get to see how their lives have changed throughout the course of the war, we see their joys and challenges as they prepare for life post war.

I absolutely love historical fiction and saga’s based in London during WWII are my absolute favourite. The Brogan family have felt like family and I have loved getting to know these wonderful characters and will miss them as we conclude the final book in the series.

Book Blurb

Jean Fullerton, the RNA-shortlisted queen of the East End, returns with the final nostalgic and heart-warming story of the Brogan family.
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In the final days of war, only love will pull her through . . .

Queenie Brogan wasn’t always an East End matriarch. Many years ago, before she married Fergus, she was Philomena Dooley, a daughter of Irish Travellers, planning to wed her childhood sweetheart, Patrick Mahone. But when tragedy struck and Patrick’s narrow-minded sister, Nora, intervened, the lovers were torn apart.

Fate can be cruel, and when Queenie arrives in London she finds that Patrick Mahon is her parish priest, and that the love she had tried to suppress flares again in her heart.

But now in the final months of WW2, Queenie discovers Father Mahon is dying and must face losing him forever. Can she finally tell him the secret she has kept for over fifty years or will Nora once again come between them?

And if Queenie does decide to finally tell Patrick, could the truth destroy the Brogan family?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

Social Media Links

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JeanFullerton_ 

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Today I am super excited to be joining the blog tour for Victory Bells for the Harpers Girls @rararesources #blogtour #harpergirls @anneherries #boldwoodbloggers @boldwoodbooks

My Review

I have loved reading this series and jumped at the chance to read the latest addition to this saga.

It was lovely to spend time back in the Harpers store with all of the lovely girls who have progressed since the first book into women with lives and children of their own.

A story set in war torn London that see’s us reconnect with the original girls of Harpers and where they are now at in life as the end looks like it is finally insight for the war. This story is full of sensitivity for what was lost and compassion for the families and how they would now try to get their lives back on track and attempt to piece everything back together.

A superb story that I loved from an author whose historical fiction saga’s I just love to read.

Book Blurb

Can the Harpers Girls look forward to some happy times as a new dawn rises over London?

Sally Harper is busy juggling running London’s Oxford Street Store Harpers and looking after her beautiful new-born daughter, whilst husband Ben is overseas on another dangerous mission, this time to rescue a friend in need.


Young Becky Stockbridge finds herself in a difficult situation which could bring shame to her and her family. Will Becky, with the help of her friends find her happy ever after and keep her secret?


Marion Jackson is blessed with a son as she eagerly awaits the return of her husband Reggie. But all is not right when Reggie returns. Is Marion strong enough to save her family from yet another crisis?


As the war clouds retreat and the victory bells ring, tears and joy mingle with those of sadness as the world counts the true toll of war and celebrates peace.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Shop Girls of Harpers and The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Guest Post, Historical Fiction

Guest Post – Today I am welcoming Rachel Brimble to my blog as she talks about her trilogy The Ladies of Carson Street

Today I am handing over the reins to Rachel Brimble so she can talk about her Victorian Trilogy – The Ladies of Carson Street and the third and final book that is coming early next year.

Upcoming Release

Brothels, Boxers and Baddies…

The idea for my latest Victorian trilogy, The Ladies of Carson Street was inspired by a combination of the TV show Harlots and the brilliant book, The Five – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold.

From that information you could be forgiven for assuming this trilogy is dark, possibly violent, and occasionally shocking. That is certainly true if you consider this series is actually historical romance and possibly darker than other books in the genre, but I must hasten to tell you that The Ladies of Carson Street also sparkles with romance, humour and, best of all, the delight and satisfaction found in true, unconditional friendship.

The trilogy opens with A Widow’s Vow which introduces the stars of the entire series. Brothel owner, Louisa Hill, her best friend Nancy Bloom, boxer Jacob Jackson and finally prostitute, Octavia Marshall. These are four of the most complex characters I have ever created and, after writing twenty five books and countless characters, that is saying quite a lot! Louisa, Nancy, Jacob and Octavia are very special for me purely for their tenacity, kindness and hope in a city steeped in vice, hardship and poverty.

Set in the Victorian city of Bath, this unlikely band of friends fight injustice, unlawful arrest, physical assaults and… each other. Yet, through their stories, each discovers parts of themselves they never knew existed and trust that they need more than each other to survive. They come to trust and believe in a better future, in other people and – in time – begin to believe in love and the happy ever after they deserve.

Book 2 in the trilogy, Trouble For The Leading Lady is also available now with the third and final book, A Very Modern Marriage coming in February 2022.

If you enjoy period dramas such as Bridgerton and Harlots with a hefty dose of humour and intrigue to boot, why not give The Ladies of Carson Street a try? I’d love to answer your questions if you are not yet convinced the series is for you!

Here’s the blurbs & buy links for books 1 & 2…

Book Blurb – A Widow’s Vow

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

Available to purchase here

Book Blurb – Trouble For The Leading Lady

Bath, 1852.

As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.

His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.

Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.

Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?

The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

Available to purchase here  

Meet the Author

Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. 

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At a very poignant time of year, let’s step back in time with a review for The Return by Anita Frank

My Review

A superb story that will have you piecing the puzzle together from the start. As we meet Jack who stumbles across Gwen whilst trying to get away from his home town, you never anticipate the twists and turns this story will take as we jump between 1939 and 1945.

In 1945 we meet Gwen as she works to keep the family farm running as the end of the war approaches with the help of her land girl Nora whilst bringing up her little boy Tom.

As this story progresses we get to know how Gwen and Jack initially met and the events that occurred for both of them in 1939 in the lead up to war being announced.

A superb step back in time that kept me intrigued as I wanted to know how events had lead to the events that consequently took place.

Anita Frank has a wonderfully descriptive writing style, that makes her books thoroughly enjoyable.

Book Blurb

Jack Ellison’s war is over, but the battle for his family has just begun.

When Jack left for the war, he made a parting pledge to his pregnant bride, Gwen, that he would never return. It was, after all, best for everyone that he didn’t.

Now, as celebrations erupt for Victory in Europe, Gwen is terrified that Jack will renege on his promise, threatening the life she has built for herself and their son on the family farm.

But war has changed Jack, and he is coming home, determined to claim a place in Gwen’s life – and her heart.

As events of the past come back to haunt them, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle – and it is a fight neither of them can afford to lose.

In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Born in Shropshire, Anita studied English and American History at the University of East Anglia. She now lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children.

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

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Today is my turn to jump on the blog tour for A Letter from Pearl Harbor by Anna Stuart

My Review

After stumbling across Anna Stuart a couple of years ago, I am always excited to hear she is releasing a new book and this one appealed instantly as I have always had a fascination with all things in relation to World War ll.

We meet sisters Ashleigh & Robyn shortly before the death of their beloved Grandmother Ginny, who has left them a treasure hunt in order to learn more about her life during World War II when she was at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Robyn and Ashleigh both return to Honolulu after the funeral to complete the trail that has been left by Ginny.

I really enjoyed the dual timeline in this book and found it fascinating to find a story written from the perspective of an American who was at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 when they entered into the war as majority of the books I have read about World War II are set in wartime London. This story was fascinating with Ginny being both a pilot and an instructor which was unusual during this time and I loved how refreshing the attitude was to women working alongside men in these roles.

The lead characters are a total contrast to each other and this was apparent from the first few chapters, with Ginny being a vibrant character compared to her bristly Granddaughter Ashleigh who had suffered a major trauma 8 years previously and never moved past it.

Another superb story by Anna Stuart that was a book that kept me intrigued and keen to keep reading as we got to know both the sisters better and their beloved Grandmother.

Book Blurb

Ninety-eight-year-old Ginny McAllister’s last wish is for her granddaughter to complete a treasure hunt containing clues to her past. Clues that reveal her life as one of the first female pilots at Pearl Harbor, and a devastating World War Two secret.

1941, Pearl Harbor: On the morning of December 7th, Ginny is flying her little yellow plane above the sparkling seas when she spots an unknown aircraft closing in on her. She recognises the red symbol of the Japanese fighter planes almost too late. Somehow, she manages to land unscathed but the choices she is forced to make in the terrible hours that follow have tragic consequences…

2019, Pearl Harbor: Heartbroken RobynHarris is reeling from the death of the strong, determined grandmother who raised her. Her only comfort is a letter written in Ginny’s distinctive hand which details a treasure hunt, just like the ones she used to set for her as a little girl. Except this time, the clues are scattered across the beautiful island of Hawaii. Despite her grief, Robyn finds herself intrigued as she follows the trail of letters, revealing the truth about Ginny’s service during the Second World War.

But Robyn’s whole world is turned upside down when she’s faced with a shocking secret which has the power to change the course of her own life…

Inspired by true events, this is a heartbreaking and unforgettable WW2 novel about love, loss and bravery. Perfect for fans of The Alice Network, The Nightingale and Kathryn Hughes.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers. You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks.

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

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Today I am sharing my review for War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm by Rosie Clarke

My Review

I love war time historical fiction and loved that this was set between the country and London as we meet Tom & Lizzie. Within the first few pages I loved Tom and his family and the dislike for Ralph was instant and continued to grow as I read.

After a massive misunderstanding you see Lizzie embark on her dream job in London whilst Tom is left wrestling with whether he did the right thing. Once again this story was full of strong characters and true matriarchs in the mothers we get to spend time with.

I loved the references to Harper’s as I’ve loved reading that series and found that I flew through this book as war is declared and my attachment to the characters grew.

Another superb story by one of my favourite authors when it comes to historical fiction

Book Blurb

Cambridgeshire – March 1939

As the clouds of war begin to gather in Europe, the Talbot family of rural Blackberry Farm will be torn apart, just as so many families all over the world will be. Life will never be the same again.

Whilst in London, the Salmons family will feel the pain of parting and loss.

Brought together by war, the two families become intertwined and, as the outlook looks bleak, they must draw on each other’s strength to fight through the hard times.

Lizzie Johnson and Tom were sweethearts until a mistake caused a terrible rift. Lizzie takes herself off to London to heal the pain in a glamorous new job but she still loves Tom. His pride has been hurt – but deep down inside Tom still cares. Can they find happiness before their chance is gone and the whole word is swept into the terrible madness of war?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Shop Girls of Harpers and The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is an RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire.

Social Media Links


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What a way to kick off a Sunday with my review of The Secrets of Hawthorn Place by Jenni Keer

My Review

What a gorgeous story, this is now my new favourite from this superb author and I have already been recommending it to friends. My attention was instantly capture from when we first met temperamental Molly and I was totally absorbed in the story to the very last page. A story full of love, hope and forgiveness spanning from late 1800’s to present day.

When Molly arrives at her Grandad’s as broken and temperamental as him she has no idea of the magic that is at her finger tips and how the history of Hawthorn Place combined with her discovery will totally change her outlook on life. With three stories taking place within the one story, I was initially worried that I would lose my way, however it is so well written that it flows effortlessly. Molly was a character that I found both frustrating, yet I also empathised with her as I think it really honed it on how some kids no longer have any concept of jobs that need doing around the house or the importance of being self reliant.

I love it when characters jump off of the page and come to life and with wonderful descriptions throughout, I felt like I knew the characters and could feel their pain and sadness, despite the gorgeous house and location that the story is set in. Once again Jenni Keer has written a wonderful story, that just sweeps you along and leaves you longing to read late into the night. I loved the historical elements and the way the romance is wound within the two significant houses in this story.

A superb read from start to finish and one that will leave you wanting to know more as I was nowhere near ready for this to end.

Book Blurb

Love will always find a way… Discover the intriguing secrets of Hawthorn Place in this heartfelt dual-time novel, filled with warmth and charm, perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley and Cecelia Ahern.

Two houses, hundreds of miles apart…yet connected always.When life throws Molly Butterfield a curveball, she decides to spend some time with her recently widowed granddad, Wally, at Hawthorn Place, his quirky Victorian house on the Dorset coast.But cosseted Molly struggles to look after herself, never mind her grieving granddad, until the accidental discovery of an identical Art and Crafts house on the Norfolk coast offers her an unexpected purpose, as well as revealing a bewildering mystery.Discovering that both Hawthorn Place and Acacia House were designed by architect Percy Gladwell, Molly uncovers the secret of a love which linked them, so powerful it defied reason.What follows is a summer which will change Molly for ever…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing commercial women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere, with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

Jenni is also the author of The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker and The Unexpected Life of Maisie Meadows.

Social Media Links

FB Jenni Keer Writer

Twitter @JenniKeer

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Today I am delighted to be stepping back in time with The Secret Diary by Anna Stuart

My Review

I am so happy to be sharing my review after reading another wonderful story from Anna Stuart based between the end of World War II and present day. We meet Lorna who has had the carpet ripped out from underneath her and persuaded by her best friend goes to stay with her Mum whilst she grieves and moves forward with her boys.

Whilst staying with her Mum she discovers a diary in the annexe from World War II and finds herself propelled into the world of the gunner girls and starts to heal her heart as she discovers long forgotten stories and a few secrets from these wonderful ladies.

A story rich in history, written with great care and empathy. I am a massive fan of this author and once again have loved devouring this story and learning more about the gunner girls and the importance of the role they fulfilled when so many men had been sent to war and they needed brave women to step up and join the ranks to help protect the country.

I loved being transported back in time in this story and found the descriptions vivid which really enhanced the story as it played out in my imagination. I can’t wait to see what this author releases next as her books are always a superb read.

Book Blurb

Two women. One house. And a wartime secret that spans decades…

Norfolk, 1945: Only a few months ago Nancy Jones was fighting for her country as a gunner girl. Now she’s struggling to adjust to her responsibilities as a gamekeeper’s wife. After a whirlwind romance, Nancy is deeply in love with her handsome husband Joe but there is still so much they don’t know about each other. When a secret from Nancy’s war years threatens to resurface, will the terrible truth about the worst night of her life shatter their new marriage?

Norfolk, 2019: Devastated by the sudden loss of her husband, Lorna Haynes escapes to the beautiful but crumbling Gamekeeper’s Cottage. There, she stumbles upon a locked room. When she enters, it’s like going back in time. A soldier’s uniform hangs on the back of the door, the flowery wallpaper still intact, the spindle of the record player frozen and ready to play. At the back of the room, Lorna discovers a red, leather-bound diary in a hidden compartment of a desk drawer.

As Lorna battles with heartache, she takes comfort in reading the ink-stained words. Turning the pages of the old book, she learns of the incredible bravery of the woman who lived in the house decades before her. And discovers a shocking wartime secret that will change the course of her own life…

Fans of The NightingaleThe Alice Network, and Lilac Girls will love this unforgettable, poignant tale of love, loss and courage during the darkest days of war.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks.

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

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To lift everyone’s spirit today on this gloomy Wednesday, I am delighted to be sharing my review for Wartime Blues for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clarke

My Review

I am loving reading about the lovely Harper Girls and their families, in this story there are lots of changes as life continues to tick along despite still the war still raging on. Sally has some exciting news as she starts to piece more of her childhood together and how she came to be in the care of the nuns. Whilst Sadie must decide what to do about returning home or staying in France as she adapts to life as a Mother.

This story was full of love and loss, as everyone is gripped by the fear of losing their loved ones as the Germans continue to bomb supply boats. Despite the loss there is also lots of love to go round as new babies and children are welcomed into the fold and more Harper Girls are married.

I loved the ending of this story and already want to know what comes next as life starts to come together for some of the key ladies who make up the Harper Girls. A wonderful step back in time as everyone begins to see light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully an end to the war that has claimed the lives of so many young men.

Book Blurb

LONDON 1917

As the Americans enter the War, there is renewed energy in the war effort.  

With husbands and sons fighting for freedom, the women of Harpers are left to tackle the day-to-day affairs at home and work.

With Ben Harper away, Sally fears she is being followed by a mysterious woman. Who is she and what does she want?

Maggie Gibbs collapses seriously ill in the frontline hospitals and is brought back to England close to death. Can she be saved and what does the future hold for her and her broken heart? 

Marion Jackson’s father is on the run from the Police already wanted for murder. She fears he will return to threaten his family once more.
And Beth Burrows is pregnant with her second child, worried and anxious for her husband Jack, who has been many months at sea.

As Christmas 1917 approaches what will the future hold for Harpers, its girls and their men at War?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019.

Social Media Links

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Today I am taking you back in time with my review for Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane

My Review

I love historical fiction and was very happy to be able to go back and visit the Tobacco Girls in Bristol as they learn to adapt to life during the ongoing war. In this story we spend more time with the trio that picks up straight after the last story.

Phyllis she has just gotten married to Robert and moved in to live with her inlaws. We experience her highs and lows as she realises that living with her mother in law is even harder than she ever anticipated and how she is being cut off from her own family and friends.

The friendship between these girls is growing all the time and you can see how important it is to all of them as they start to feel the pressures of war and bombs start to come down in Bristol. We get to revisit existing characters and spend more time with them as well as meeting new characters that play vital roles as Bridget finds that she now has 2 men vying for her attention despite previously stating she never wants to get married.

I look forward to the next book in this saga as war continues to ravage Europe and they continue to all suffer the consequences.

Book Blurb

Nothing will stop the The Tobacco Girls, not even war…


BRISTOL 1940.

The Tobacco Girls cling together as they realise that the clouds of war are turning dark, the world is becoming more dangerous and their lives more unpredictable. 

Bridget Milligan’s big, happy family fragments when her siblings are evacuated to North Devon, then a letter from America further fills her with dismay.

Maisie Miles safe haven from both Eddie Bridgeman and her father is jeopardised and she is forced to move on, but where too this time? 

Phyllis Mason is struck down by tragedy and her life spirals downwards into despair until a new horizons beckons, but also perhaps great danger…

Regardless of the rationing, shortages and an ever-worsening situation, The Tobacco Girls all pull together and hope for better days to come.

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Meet the Author

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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