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I read the other two books in the series. I honestly couldn't remember what they were about as I read them quite a while ago. I forgot I had even gotten this book. Anyway, the writing is amareurish with run-on sentences. The story is crazy ridiculous. The sisters, Jackie and Carol, are basically brazen hussy teenagers with morals of an alley cat. Their boyfriends are drug-smoking college students. Everybody gossips and carries on and cheats and does drugs and sleeps around. Yikes! I finished reading it only to see how much nonsense these people could get themselves into. The ending was nice, if not predictable, but, geez, the lives they led!
What a tremendously emotional journey. Your storytelling was exceptional again. The pain and hurt between Carol and Jackie was horrific. One sneaking act destroys several relationships and lives but, finally brings back together Dora and Joe. Thankfully Jackie and Sandy/Alex reconciled and had a beautiful life. Carol should have been given a happier life in the ending, so much early hurt was not of her doing. Harrah that Ivy got her comeuppance!!!!! There should have been much more especially concerning finding Wendy Angela for Jackie; Sandy and rest of the family. A real letdown at the ending even though they all had found joy and happiness.
This being the final book of the trilogy I was relieved to know that Joe and Dora we’re finally reunited and happy I found this series compelling and from my remark about Joe and Dora you can tell I was completely absorbed in their story I found it frustrating at times with the twists and turns along the way but I guess that’s what makes a good story teller bravo to Pan Howes
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a gripping read. I don’t have enough words but read it. It is such a journey 10* option required
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 10, 2017
It was good to start this third book in the trilogy and immediately recognised Jackie and Carol and remembered their story from the previous books. It would read as a stand-alone but I really recommend you reading the first and second book before reading this. You will be as gripped by them as you will be by this one. A sentence when I was 9% in made me giggle ‘They put their bags on the floor, as did several other girls, and began to dance around them’ certainly brought back memories. 20% in I suddenly realised what was going on! 30% big gulp getting ready for the next big thing that is obviously going to take place!!! Then the dramas really begin and during it I have a thought I wonder if I am right. There are lots of tears, lies and anger. 64% and it getting more and more dramatic by the minute. Much further back I had a theory 66% I am wondering if I am right! 68% in and I am more convinced I am right, but oh my this is going to create a massive drama. Then 72% in, another complication came looming into my thinking! Gosh this book is gripping The wonderful support of true best friends was so special Warning, have tissues at the ready, and it got more emotional – so much so I was late going to bed as I wanted to get to the end. And in tears I finished it, what an end to an amazing, sad story How on earth did Pam Howes create this absolutely amazing story?
5.0 out of 5 starsA fabulous finish to the trilogy...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2017
The Liverpool Girls is the final instalment of Pam’s three part family saga. It’s now 1966 and Joe and Dora’s teenage daughters currently live apart. Carol with Joe and his second wife Ivy and Jackie with Dora. Joe and Ivy have a new centrally heated home. Joe now works for the Ford Motor Company but Ivy has turned into a lazy stay at home wife with a long string of excuses as to why she can’t get a job. Carol currently works in Lewis’s Department store and lives with her father as it’s easier to get to work from where he lives. Her boyfriend, Alex who she pursued relentlessly before they got together, is beginning to lose interest. Desperate to keep him Carol does the unthinkable, not realising how far the consequences of her action will reach. Jackie, about to turn sixteen, is in love with young artist Sandy and has hopes of studying at drama school. When Carol turns up to the family gathering for Jackie’s birthday she is shocked to discover Alex is in fact Sandy and they have been dating the same man. Not only that, Carol is now pregnant. Sandy is horrified to discover he has been dating two sisters. He thought he and Carol were finished. He’s in love with Jackie but with the news of a baby, what happens next? The scene is set for an emotional roller coaster of a ride. I’m not giving any more of the plot away, as it wouldn’t be fair. Pam’s writing delivers a great finale with unforgettable characters. It was great to see Joe finally finding the courage to stand up to Ivy - it was a long time coming although I have to say I think she got off lightly! A word of warning - you’ll need those tissues again!
The last book in the Mersey trilogy and I loved it. It tied up all the loose ends. The tragic story of Carol and Jackie , Dora and Joe's daughters falling in love with the same man. And how Carol did all she could to trap him , when he really loved Jackie and he'd tried to end it with Carol. She deliberately got pregnant and he was forced to marry not knowing that Jackie was pregnant too. After a series of events it all came right in the end and I couldn't put the book down, a great read
Do you know that feeling when you read the last words in a book that the characters, now so well know to you, would be no more! I have years in my eyes writing this! Was the ending happy or sad? I am not going to say, you will have to read the trilogy.
Pam Howes that was an amazing storyline, you real brought all the characters to life. I have lost so much sleep because on every page and every chapter you just made me want to read on.
Dora and Joe so in love, the perfect marriage but tragedy hits them hard. Three books all wonderful reads I cannot recommend this series enough
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018
Brilliant read, didn't want to put it down, thought provoking as to how as a mother or daughter you would handle the same situations. Poverty on a different level, but all still so familiar to what some live on these days. So different to how things are handled now, no forced adoptions or marriages. Didnt want the story to end, the end came around to quick, would like to have known what happened to Carol through the years and her outcome. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good read.