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A good read
on 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!