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Home Front Girls [Kindle Edition]

Rosie Goodwin
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (631 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three girls all turn up for work, the day war is declared...

Dotty has never known a life outside of the orphanage where she grew up, let alone love. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister, now that her brother has gone to war. Annabelle has led a life of privilege but everyone has to pinch the pennies at the moment.

Adjusting to life on the shop-floor at Coventry's only department store is hard enough, but then the bombs begin to fall... As the devastating effects of war come to bear on the three women, their bond deepens. One thing's for certain, the girls are going to need each other.

Praise for Rosie Goodwin:

'Goodwin excels in writing about relationships, the hardships of life, the ties of family and the joys of love and friendship.' Lancashire Evening Post

'Rosie is a talented storyteller.' Dee Williams

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Home Front Girls proves once again Rosie Goodwin's ability to create a dramatic, emotional plot ... a rewarding read. (Birmingham Post)

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A gripping and emotional WWII drama about three unforgettable women who kept the country moving during its darkest hours. We learn about the men they loved and the families torn apart by the devastating effects of War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2438 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (18 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZRRJP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (631 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosie Goodwin's first book, The Bad Apple, was published in 2004 by Headline. Since then she has gone on to write many more classic and contemporary sagas. She is also the first author in the world to be allowed to follow three of Catherine Cookson's trilogies with her own sequels. Before becoming a published author, Rosie worked in Social Services. She is now amongst the top 100 most borrowed UK authors and her books regularly appear in the Heetseekers charts. Rosie has children and lives in Warwickshire with her husband and her four Shihtzu's.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly outstanding book xxx 17 May 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Home Front Girls tells the story of three girls brought together during the war. Dotty hasn't known a life outside of the orphanage she grew up in, while Lucy is the head of her house after her brother is called to fight in the war, leaving Lucy not only to take care of her younger sister but to support the family financially too. In contrast, Annabelle has lead a much more privileged life than Dotty or Lucy. But with the war coming, these three girls find themselves starting work at a department store, Owen Owen, and learning just how valuable support and friendship is in times of war.

I thouroughly enjoyed Home Front Girls! I started this on a morning and I was instantly taken in by the three girls and their situations. I became so involved in their stories and what they were going through that I raced through the book because I was constantly wanting to know what would happen next to the girls, what information would be discovered and what choices they would make.

The three girls were so very well-written, even though they each had different personalities it was easy to get to know them, and in only a short time I felt as though I had known these girls for my whole life. They were so realistic, their situations were real and the setting was so life-like that at times I felt as though I had been transported back in time and was standing in Owen Owen with them watching the scenes involved in front of me. I didn't have a favourite out of the three girls as I liked each character fir different reasons. I particularly liked learning about their background stories, their fears, their hopes, and the men they spoke about who were away with the war.

My favourite part about Home Front Girls was the friendship between Dotty, Lucy and Annabelle.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shopping for a life during war 19 May 2013
It is always worth remembering that those left behind during the Second World War were fighting their own wars. Wars on the home front as well as personal wars and in Rosie Goodwin's new book, this is very much the case for the three main characters.

The most privileged and snobby of girls that you may ever wish to meet is Annabelle, who has had everything and suddenly the war changes that and rather than wait for it to be delivered to her she is going to have to go out and work for it and work hard for it in very trying circumstances. She finds some resolve from deep inside her.

Lucy is trying to hold a family together. She has a sister who is socially awkward and a brother in the army. With no parents, she is very reluctant to ask for help and it is only through kindly neighbours and her friends that she can start to forge a life for herself. Sadly though, the past is still with her and she cannot shake it off. But comfort can be found in many different ways.

Dotty has nothing to lose, as she starts out in the world of work. She had nothing to start off with. An orphan girl who spent all her youth in a orphanage is very much aware of surviving whatever is thrown at you. But her skill as a storyteller and the imagination she retreats into opens doors for her that would perhaps have otherwise remained firmly closed. But some doors are opened to reveal the past and what she once knew is changed.

These three girls strike up an unlikely friendship as they begin to work at the department store Owen Owen in Coventry.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosie Goodwin does it again.. 29 May 2013
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Home Front Girls by Rosie Goodwin for me was a brilliant read as not only was it well written throughout, mix the writing with a brilliant storyline along with fantastic characters this truly was one page turner for me which I could not stop reading until I reached the last page.
Annabelle, Lucy and Dorothy who is known as the very lovely Dotty all start work in a department store Owen and Owen on the same day just as Second World war is declared. These three girls are as different to each other as chalk is to cheese but as they learn to cope with the trials of war they grow close their lives become entwined in the most unexpected ways, as the girls stick together through thick and thin Coventry is demolished by Germany's bombs leaving nothing but devastation and death throughout. But not only do these girls have friendship in common they each have their secrets and as these unravel we follow the girls learning to accept the many changes which are affecting their lives on a daily business.
Why I loved this book so much was mainly the characters which the author lovingly created and developed by brilliant writing along with a beautiful gift of storytelling. The characters were so real and I could not stop caring for them as how their lives entwined with each other's they each have to grow and some of them have more growing up to do than others and their lives will never be the same again.
The actual storyline was made very real and I could believe how each of the girls turned out the way they did and they were made so real I could see how their lives would have existed all those years ago and the cruelty of the war really held no prejudice against young or old as the bombs stole lives of all ages and all in the name of one man's love of power and riches.
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