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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 23 June 2013
I was in the mood for a nice, cosy read that I didn't have to think about and in a lot of respects this book certainly fitted the bill. Set just after WWII it centres around Connie Dixon who is rejoining civvy life after serving in the WAAFs. The story is very much orientated around her family life with mother Gwen, stepfather Clifford, sister Mandy and her grumpy, manipulative, acid tongued Great Aunt who is known as Ga throughout the book. It also tells the story of Connie's friendship with Eva Maxwell. The Dixons and Maxwells have been feuding, it seems, for generations and if Connie and Eva are going to be friends they will have to deal with their families' mutual distrust of each other.

The friendship between Eva and Connie isn't the main focal point of the book, however. We know that something bad has happened in Connie's past but we don't know exactly what for a long while, although it is often hinted at. For a while I had the feeling that I was reading a sequel because there were quite a number of times when I just felt that I was "the one who should be in the know about these things". This past event could hold the key as to why Connie's brother Kenneth walked out of the family home and has never been seen since.

It is a good, easy to read story of family life with secrets, betrayals and danger as well as friendship and love that flows well. Whilst there is a definite "feel good" factor here, it also deals with some dark issues that eventually lead to a climax that is quite chilling, filled with intrigue and danger and had me glued to the kindle for the last 20%. There is a good mixture of characters who are mostly likeable but with one or two who are just pure evil. I did also particularly enjoy reading about Connie's post war life as a trainee nurse - times were certainly a lot different then!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2013
It was a great read I have yet to find a book that I could not enjoy reading I think that Pam has a wonderful mind for this kind of book thank you for writing this book I have read it in days
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
more like this please from Pam weaver. I have read all her four books, can't wait for more. Hooked from the first pages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
best read I had for I long time could not put the book down .
can not wait to read more books by Pam.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.The storyline is very believable and keeps the reader wanting to read on. The main characters are experiencing a life many can associate with. Loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
enjoyed this book and would recommend to any reader who enjoyed catherine cookson. i have since read another book by the same author
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
Another excellent story, well worth waiting for. Sensitively written about a family with troubles, this book is sa in places but a gripping story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
As good as her other books well worth reading. You will have to read it again I would recommend
A big box of tissues to hand
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
Did not enjoy this book as much as much as - There's Always Tomorrow - Not one of her best for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
Excellent book lots of twists and turns. Easy book to read but very enjoyable . This is the second book of pams I have read but the first novel .the first book of pams I read was memories of a nursery nurse which was brill.
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