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on 6 June 2011
This is a really great read but I would recomend you read all three books, Hopscotch Summer, Soldier
Girl and All the Days of Our Lives to fully understand all the characters and to have a real insight as to how their lives are intertwined.Fantastic, Have read them all twice and each time found something new. 5 star plus.
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on 2 August 2011
I have read every book in this series. I just wasn't able to easily put each book down. It was Hard. The writing puts you with the character in the story. You realy feel every up and down in their lives. I would recommend this collection of books to everyone. Great reading.
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on 19 July 2011
When I bought this I didn't realise it was a sequel to Hopscotch Summer and Soldier Girl. Although all 3 girls featured in Hopscotch Summer, it mainly described Emma's problems; Molly was the main character in Soldier Girl; All the Days of our lives tells us more about Katie's background while keeping us up to date with the other girls' lives against the background of war. A heartwarming story, I really enjoyed it, one of Annie Murray's best
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on 7 June 2011
An interesting and informative read about the years following the second world war.I was born just after in 1946 and though I don't remember much of the years covered in this book some of the things in the story brought back vague memories especially sweet rationing!
However the theme of this book hinted at in the title is about friendships that endured despite the ups and downs of lifes tragedies and disappointments.Three women who first met in primary school, all from different family backgrounds,which eventually isolated them from each other until they managed to meet up again many years later.Nothing sickly sentimemtal about the story but totally realistic and believable.A great encouragement to foster friendship even if things or circumstances get difficult.Thankyou Annie Murray! Mrs Pat Wallis
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on 4 February 2015
Having been delighted by Hopscotch Summer and enjoyed Soldier Girl I was keen to read this one and it was a pure fluke I read them in the right order, which although they can be read alone I do believe it is much better to read them as written, chronologically. I particularly enjoyed following up on the characters of Em, Molly and Katie and discovering more about Katie O'Neill.
Ms Murray writes in an engaging style with an immediacy that resonates. Again we are taken to the back streets of Birmingham with gritty realism and still further afield on some of Molly's travels. We are allowed to delve deeper into the minds of the characters and really discover their frailties and flaws yet what comes strongly through this book is the triumph of the human spirit especially in times of hardship.
My only criticism would be the ending. I understand WHY it was written this way, tying up all the loose ends and dressing it up in a party bow, but I felt it was a little rushed.
I also realise that all writing is subjective, what one person likes another will loathe.
I like Ms. Murray's style and her books and I would be interested to see if she writes a prequel to this series. There are so many questions about the abhorrent Iris Fox and her family, the character of Cynthia - Em's mother, her back story and her horrific time in the asylum and did she ever get her teeth fixed? Katie's mother, Vera and her relationship with her own family and husband, which was to have such dire consequences on Katie's life.
All in all this is a very good and easy read. I am looking forward to reading the next on my list.
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on 14 June 2011
At the time of buying I did not realise that it was a follow on book from Hopscotch Summer and Solider Girl, but what a wonderful book, I could not put it down, I felt that I was there living their lives with them. Thank you once again Annie Murray. Hope this is not the last one
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on 15 July 2016
This carries on the story of the three girls from Hopscotch summer (which I loved) and soldier girl (another great read). It tells what happened to the three girls once grown up and gone their separate ways. I did enjoy it, but at times it felt like reading three books at once as there are chapters about the three girls in turn which I found a bit disruptive as you just got into the story of one girl's life and it switched to another. The ending was good where it brings the three together again though, and all in all I'd recommend it after reading the first two books from the trilogy.
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on 30 July 2011
Yet another excellent read by Annie Murray, who managed to maintain my interest throughout the book. I read this book on holiday, and became so engrossed, I was in it. I'm just a little disappointed with myself, that I haven't read the first two books in the trilogy.
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on 6 December 2014
If you like novels set before, during and just after WW2, I am sure you will enjoy these books by Annie Murray. Read A Hopscotch Summer first, then Soldier Girl and then All The Days of Our Lives. Annie Murray is quite an edgy writer compared to some in this genre and one becomes involved in her characters and their joys and tragedies. I do not come from Birmingham and do not know it all but found this did not matter and enjoyed learning a little of its past industrial life. In each book one learns about each of the three friends. They can be read as separate entities but much nicer to live with the characters for as long as possible. I shall write the same review for each of the three books
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on 18 July 2011
Usually after finishing a book I have to wait to "get over" it before i can start another. This time i downloaded this onto my kindle the same day i finished Hopscotch summer.
I found hopscotch summer very sad but that didn't stop me enjoying it, so it was lovely to read about how the girls had grown up and progressed in their lives.
Annie Murray has become my favourite author in a very short space of time. i'm choosing what to read next-and there is a big choice.

a lovely follow up to hopscotch
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