Helen Carey told me that this novel (and others of hers) were targeted at women. I'm not sure what that says about me but I really enjoyed Lavender Road. The location was South-West London where a substantial range of characters co-exist. All of them are totally believable and they develop as the story unfolds. The plot too is very credible and is just that bit different from other novels with a 1940 background because it deals with the day-to-day lives of people whose everyday existence is seriously disrupted by the war not by falling bombs but by absent fathers, shortages and changes to the patterns of day-to-day living brought about the war. Lavender Road is a top drawer addition to this particular genre and I thoroughly recommend it.