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Home for Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Annie Groves
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Praise for Home for Christmas:

‘Read with a mince pie in hand’ The Sun

Praise for Annie Groves:

‘An engrossing story’ My Weekly

‘A stirring and heartrending family saga…Against a backdrop of change when the suffragette movement was coming to the fore, the choices and dreams of a generation of women combine to create this passionate story’ Liverpool Daily Post

‘Heartwrenching and uplifting in equal measure – a tragic indictment of what can happen when you swap passion for duty. Roll on the sequel!’ Take a Break

‘Written from the heart’ My Weekly

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Home for Christmas is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war. Finding freedom and independence – as well as love, passion and heartbreak – for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain.

It's September 1940 and the German blitz on London has just begun. The four young girls who live at No. 13 Article Row live under its constant threat. But life must go on…

Tilly and Sally both work at Barts Hospital where they witness the cruelty of war first-hand.

Agnes volunteers to work extra hours at her underground station to help with the nightly influx of people seeking safety from the bombs.

Dulcie, with her broken ankle, tries to make peace with her mother, following the news of the death of her sister Enid. But her grief-stricken mother doesn't want to know.

Sally returns to her painful past in Liverpool. But it's not seeing the man she once loved, nor her father and ex-best friend's child that hurt most…

As Christmas approaches, the arrival of the handsome young American Drew, ignites new life in the heart Tilly thought was broken.

As the bombs continue to rain down on a frosty London, perilous challenges lay around every corner. And all anyone wants this year is to be home for Christmas.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (27 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH023K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Annie Groves was a pseudonym of the much-loved writer, Penny Halsall, who was an international bestselling author of over 180 novels with sales of over 84 million copies. Sadly, Penny died in 2011. The final books in the Article Row series, Only a Mother Knows and A Christmas Promise, were completed posthumously by Sheila Riley.

Born and raised on Merseyside, Sheila Riley is the eldest of seven children. At school Sheila quickly discovered her English exam grades could be improved by writing tales in the back of her exercise book, and so began her lifelong love of story-telling. Happily married to Tony, they have three grown-up children, five adorable grandchildren and a huge German shepherd who is put in his place by a small, ancient cat called Missy.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Installment from Article Row 30 Jan 2012
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I managed to read this book in two sittings I enjoyed it that much. I found that I got to know the characters a bit better and watch them adjust during times that were indescribable.

You also watch them meet people that they start to care about and read about the impact the war has on their relationships. This book also covers The Battle of Britain, The Blitz and the introduction of rationing.

This book finishes at Christmas 1940 and I am looking forward to reading the next installment to find out what happens to these lovely characters and their boyfriends.

If you enjoyed London Belles you will enjoy this book
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series 22 Nov 2011
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I love Annie Groves novels, and this latest series, this is the second in the set, are such a wonderful read. The characters are amazing, their stories keep you engrossed, and I for one could not put this book down. I shed tears of sadness, tears of happiness, and I cannot wait for the next book due out in February.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely festive reading. 6 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
I was so desperate to find out what happened to the girls after London Belles and this didn't disappoint. Well researched, the characters are really growing and 'fleshing out' a bit. It really was like meeting old friends again.
Highly reccomended, can't wait for the next installment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hHRISTMASOME FOR c 15 Feb 2013
By pamjoy
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Home For Christmas. I really enjoyed reading about the way characters had grown up and how their lives had turned out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS AUTHOR 2 Feb 2013
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Another great read from Annie Groves. Her story telling is addictive and once I start one of her books, I find it hard to put my kindle down. I do read other authors in between but can't wait to start another Annie Groves one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! 1 Aug 2014
By Tosie
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I came across London Belles in a charity shop, and enjoyed it so much that I read it in two days. I immediately bought this sequel to read on my Kindle. It is a sweet story about four very different girls and their experiences during WW2.
The characters are well defined and the story flows well.
I read this one in about four hours,and I have already downloaded the next book in the series. I hope there will be more.
If you like a good easy reading story, you will enjoy this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. 17 Dec 2014
Format:Paperback
Expecting a typical world war at Christmas romance story I was actually delighted at the depth of some of the threads that made up Home For Christmas, the second book (though perfectly readable as a standalone novel) in the Article Row series.

OK so there were all of the usual characters you'd expect of such a novel - the salt-of-the-earth landlady, the beautiful blonde, the dedicated nurse, the disapproving mother, the dashing surgeon, the handsome Americans (rather surprisingly not all of them pilots) - but there were also those (though sadly very much secondary characters) generally less well featured (if at all) in books of this genre.

Ultimately heart warming stuff. A story of the unquenchable nature of the human spirit and yet by by no means a sugary sweet read, this may well appeal to those who enjoy war time stories or those simply looking for a good Christmas novel with a bit more substance.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War romance a nice easy read 17 Jan 2013
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Took a little longer to get into this one than it did with the prequel and while it was interesting and entertaining, I felt it could have been better edited as poor punctuation and grammar leaves one feeling that this book was perhaps rushed out hot on the heels of the one before.
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