Dotty, Lucy and Annabelle all turn up for work at Coventry's department store Owen Owen at the same time as war is declared. Dotty is an orphan, Lucy is the sole carer for her little sister, and although Annabelle has led a life of privilege until now, everyone's having to pinch the pennies at the moment. The three form an unlikely bond, and with disaster at every turn, they're going to need each other...
©2013 Rosie Goodwin (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Home Front Girls proves once again Rosie Goodwin's ability to create a dramatic, emotional plot... a rewarding read." (Birmingham Post)
"A touching and powerful novel from a wonderful writer." (The Bookseller on The Empty Cradle)
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
The narrator is expressive, a bit slow, but shows good expression for a story that is slow in getting started. The girls don't mesh, there's not real chemistry, and the dialogue doesn't advance the story.
This had the potential to be a good story but it was so predictable that I guessed two of the three "secrets" long before they were revealed by the author. The characters were very stilted and unbelievable and the dialogue was so elementary that I felt I might be listening to the adventures of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Part of that blame goes to the narrator who had a very annoying voice and sounded as though she was telling a story to a group of pre-schoolers. I just didn't enjoy this book at all.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but having enjoyed Rosie Goodwin's writing previously thought I would have a stab at this one on special offer.
It was a delightful tale of the war torn England and specifically the lives of three very different girls who bonded during that time of hardship.
I found some of their reactions to events implausible, but overall it was a lovely read, bringing sadness and joy in equal measure. (Tears to the eyes too in parts!)
The narrator would mainly good - but she sometimes used wrong phrasing and I had to stop and think what she actually meant - but that wasn't too much of a hardship, whizzed back 30 secs and re-listened.
"Not a particularly challenging listen"
But if you are confined to barracks with flu, then you could do worse. The storylines were a bit predictable and towards the end I was guessing with a certain degree of accuracy what the dialogue would be. Not really my cup of tea, unfortunately.
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