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Top Customer Reviews
This was my most looked forward to book of the year and it didn't disappoint. From the terrifying descriptions, the wonderful characters, and the individual scenes, everything in this novel felt authentic, even the smoke haze on the ward!
The story is woven between Archibald McIndoe (pioneering reconstructive plastic surgeon in The Guinea Pig Club), his patients, and their awful injuries. We follow the recovery and new lives of the young men who were so horribly burned while on active duty. Awful, though I loved the way the author brought out the banter and camaraderie between fellow burns sufferers. The tightly tucked sheets was one of my favourite moments.
The love story between our Montana hero, Mac and the beautiful and understanding Stella is rich with emotion. A real mixture of desire, regret, sorrow and ultimate joy. A perfect ending to a fabulous read!
With immaculate research the author depicts the life of RAF fighter pilots, using great details about planes and military life. Very impressive on the historical front, the author, however, doesn't neglect the story part, giving us romance, inner conflict and development. A fantastic topic to write about, dealt with sensitively and written in beautiful prose, this is just excellent.
Archie McIndoe was an incredible man, but one I had never heard of before reading this book; which is a crime. This man deserves to be ingrained in the memories of everyone.
Archie McIndoe wasn't just a doctor, he was a miracle worker; who gave life back to men who thought their lives were over. He did a job that was frowned upon because it wasn't understood, and undertook methods that many didn't think would work - but they did, and wow, did they work well.
I don't know nearly enough about the First and Second World Wars, and I'm finding that learning through fiction is really helping to give me a real understanding of what went on during those awful years. Suzy Henderson has written a book that is beautifully heartbreaking and inspiring, as well as deeply educational, and books like this are incredibly important right now. The Beauty Shop isn't just a book or a story; it's a piece of art that has been stitched together so delicately, entwining both history and passion into one. Never before have I cried so early into a book (before I'd even finished page 5!), and never has a book made me cry so many times (6!). I genuinely do not have the words to write a review like I normally would, because this book has left me in a state of shock. This book stole, crushed and healed my heart over and over, and I do not have a single criticism.
Suzy is genuinely an exceptionally talented woman, who made me feel like I was back in the 1940s. She writes beautifully and passionately, and you just know that she cares about what she's writing about. I cannot wait to read more of her work (but next time I'll make sure I have the tissues ready).
Thank you for teaching me so much Suzy, writers like yourself are a vital part of trying to stop history repeating itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved this book. Wonderful "Story", although a wonderfully researched historical background, of the amazing pioneering work of Archibald McIndoe. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Judith B.
I never usually reading books set in this time period, I have to say that from the first page, it almost ceased to matter about the setting. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Whitey
Such a compelling read, found it difficult to put down. For a first novel I think its outstanding.Published 17 days ago by Colin Henderson
The Beauty Shop is about a plastic surgery ward at the Queen Victoria Hospital in the south of England during WW2. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Deborah Swift
Bloody Fantastic. Well written and delves into both the psychology of why men need to do their duty and how Archie McIndoe and his team reassembled not just bodies but complete... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ray Wells
I really wanted to like this book, and was attracted by the subject matter. The earth-breaking work done by Archie Mcindoe was of great interest, and I would have liked a bit more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JANE WILSON
I was eagerly awaiting the release of 'The Beauty Shop' by Suzy Henderson after reading so much about it online. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Northumberland Echo
Love this book. Well detailed characters, which you can relate to and a good storyline which keeps you reading all the way through.