It's 1941 and Britain is at war. For the aristocratic Walsingham family this means their grand home being taken over by the armed forces. But for newcomers Ava, Maudie and Bella, this is a chance for something more.
Each is ready to do their part for the war effort and soon become firm friends. But Lord Edward Walsingham seems like he is hiding something. And although he may be clever, he might have met his match in Maudie and the girls....
Another Fantastic story from daisy styles, great characters lots of fun and sadness for the girls great story line,easy to get into, can't wait for her next book.
Narrated by Anne Dover who brings each and every character to life she is the best in my opinion, hope daisy styles sticks with Anne Dover doing the narration
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Far too jolly and perfect for my taste. Everyone is handsome or beautiful and the hardships of war were unrealistically described. I kept thinking I was listening to a grown up version of Famous Five...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Excellent story, sad it had to end.
Heartwarming, enjoyable, sad at times, a great narrator.
I love Daisy Styles books and usually enjoy every one I read. I cannot say that I did not enjoy this book as I found it a pleasant read BUT I felt the story was more a "WW2 Upstairs Downstairs" than a book about actual code girls. As mentioned in another review, I found the story to be more "Enid Blyton" than Daisy Styles with the emphasis on work downstairs in the kitchens rather than code breaking. I am disappointed as I was looking forward to reading a novel based around the code girls actual work but sadly this novel barely mentioned the code breaking of WW2.
The book was beautifully narrated by Anne Dover who as usual can make even the most boring novels sound exciting, therefore it was worth buying for that alone. As a novel it is very similar to Daisy Styles other WW2 books with very little changes. Overall a pleasant read but not one of her best efforts.
I think there were anachronisms throughout the story.
The use of the word scumbag is one that jarred.
The ending was predictable.
The principal characters were too good to be true for my taste so I will avoid this author in future.
Feel really sad it's finished. Want more have recommended to my sister to read fantastic and very enjoyable
fabulous story and read so well even if the accents used were strange at times. really have a feel of what it was like to live during those times.
A warm, happy story of war time Britain. The main characters are depicted beautifully and the story is easy flowing but enticing.
Lots of interesting characters. Shows how innovative women were during the war! Spies too! Very good storyline want to read more of Daisy and Anne Dover is an excellent narrator.
Having read a previous book The Bombs Girls I thought this might be a bit too samey. And although bits were a tad similar, the storyline about their friendship, love, tears and the sheer bloody hard graft of these girls, really was something. The narrator Anne Dover is excellent, I love her gritty northern accent, her Norfolk brogue and her snooty posh girl voice, which makes it all such a delight to listen to.
Not a bad story - corny at times. I was a little disappointed because I thought it would be about the role of women in code breaking during the war. Not a thing. Was really the story of the cooks - more about recipes.