Strong women are Maureen Lee's speciality - strong Liverpudlian women living in the 1940s, to be precise. And they don't come much stronger than Queenie. She is a gem. I've read, I think, all of Maureen Lee's Bootle sagas and her characterisations just get better and better. The novel takes its cast of memorable characters from childhood through to adulthood, from the 1930s to the 1970s, with many unexpected and dramatic twists and turns along the way, bringing the wartime and post-wartime years to life in a fresh and lively way. Even if you are far too young to remember air raids and the evacuation of children from the cities to the countryside, I think you'll enjoy Maureen Lee's evocation of how it must have felt. Highly recommended if you want to be swept along by a gripping tale, well told.