This Book was packed with lots of Weddings going on. Ivy's And Rita's and the coming one of Doris's to come Fran's wedding . Lots been happening Peggy does a Great deal looking after everyone at Beach View . The war must have been Horrendous with the V-2 Rockets Hitting those Houses. It was Good later that Peggy's daughter Came home in the End. With her little daughters and Peggy's Son Charlie. I thought Pauline was being a right nasty Cow. The way she treated her Son Brendon and new Daughter In Law Betty. The nasty names she called her. I was glad Peggy gave her a big slap. Pauline needed it. But it still Didn't help really she was still trying to get attention from Her husband. Maybe Pauline is ill in the Head. She isn't Normal. Maybe she is sickening for something.! Shame it ended with Poor Jim not getting home for Christmas Peggy will be so upset. .can't wait to read The Last Book. It's a shame it will be the last. But it was a War book on the lives of a family going through a war. Tearing through lives .with devastation .I shall miss it. But can read up on all the Books I have bought on this Series .when your reading about them they seem to come To life the seem real. And can't tear myself away from them. They all seem like you belong. After reading them . Glad Doris has got better and going out with the Colonel John .Her boss at the factory and are neighbours. She is better now she's not putting on Airs and Graces. These back to herself as she should be. The PLumley man the Lord who gained his Big house through Fraud. Got found out. And is now doing time in Prison If his wife hadn't been killed by the Bomb on Doris's bungalow On Havelock Road well she'd be doing time too. They were using Doris glad she found out. . Well this Book was just Great again like Ellie Deans last book Pulling out all the stops. Think her last will be just Great. Hope Jim does get home. In her last Book But surely not at the very end of the book as it finishes Well I give this Book the full amount of stars 5. As couldn't put this book down till I finished it. I was Glued to it. .thank you look forward to the Homecoming.
I always think that reading one of these books from the Cliffhaven series is like meeting up with old friends, it has a wonderful comforting feel to it as we find out the latest instalment in the lives of Peggy, Ron, Cordelia, Rosie and the young girls, Fran, Danuta, Rita, Ivy, Ruby etc etc. But reading this penultimate book in the series had a tinge of sadness to it that such a wonderful series is coming to an end. The war in Europe is now over, but the war in Japan still continues meaning that Jim is far from safe and from coming home for good. But with all the celebrations there is now great sadness as one by one all of Peggy's chicks will be leaving Cliffhaven for good to return to their former homes and countries and restarting their lives in peacetime.
Like all of the books in this series I absolutely adored it, but have to confess I was in tears for most of it as I found it so emotional as Peggy said goodbye to the "chicks" that had occupied Cliffhaven for six long years. There were so many weddings(!) but each one was a joy to read about and once again it made me realise the sacrifices the young men and women of that generation made for us. Not only that, but just because the war was over it didn't mean that life would go back to how it was before - the men returning home had problems adjusting back to their "normal" lives and were traumatised by what they had seen and what they had gone through and the women had also changed as they were no longer content to stay at home looking after the children and had gotten used to going out and earning their own money and being independent. It was a definite time of change and Ellie Dean brilliantly wrote about all of this in her book. A must, must read it is wonderful.
I love the Cliffehaven series and often read them all in order many times again. The characters feel like friends now. I loved this penultimate book as it tied up some loose ends and there were a lot of weddings and leaving but there is more to do yet. Whilst I can't wait for the last book in the series, I shall be sorry when we have to leave Peggy and her family behind for the last time. I have learnt so much about WWII that I didn't know by reading the series and will be revisiting them time and time again. Ellie Dean is a marvellous author providing rich characters, great storytelling and warmth and love. I thoroughly recommend this series to anyone and everyone!
The second last book in the series and it's definitely winding down. All the girls that have been staying with Peggy Reilly in the boarding house are making plans and moving on. Ron now lives at the pub with Rosie which means Harvey has also moved out so the house is getting quieter all the time. However, the odd get together and knees up are still happening as there are quite a few weddings in this one and Peggy is expecting her family to come back from Somerset where they were evacuated to at the beginning of the war but things don't run smoothly on this front. There still seems to be plenty of food and drink when there's a party which rankled a bit with me. After all these are still days of war and as far as I can remember rationing didn't end completely until 1952. There's a lot of crying and 'eyes welling up' which is a pet hate of mine in novels. It was all a bit sickly sweet at times. I enjoyed it though as I have loved the series. Peggy is still my favorite character and I hope she'll get her reward in the last book, due out in January.
Having read everyone of the series as they have been released I couldn't wait for this one. It has been brilliant learning all about Peggy and her brood chicks throughout the war and although it's fiction there has also been a lot of facts as well. The research that Ellie has done must have been very time consuming but so well written. Feel as if I know the characters with all the good and very sad times. One of my favourites has been Ron and Harvey with all their antics and heroics. Love the way the war is now over and the country is changing and reshaping. Sorry that the next book will be the last one but can't wait until January when it all ties up. A truly excellent series and hopefully Ellie already has plenty of new ideas to keep writing. Took advantage of a perfect hot bank holiday to relax in the shade and enjoy.
I just love this series, and wish more writers would do a long series of books.
Following Peggy and all the characters is like being in the story with them. Through sadness where you shed tears of unhappiness to the wonderful times shedding tears of joy, you cannot go wrong with this series.
I am not going to give any storyline away it would just spoil it for you.
What is so remarkable about this book, is that Ellie has been very poorly. Quite remarkable to write another fantastic book in the series with so many characters Congratulations on your fight back Ellie. I have ordered the next in the series x x
having read all of the seventeen books so far, each book seems to got more gripping than the one before. This latest one I have been up until four and five inthe morning some nights! Ellie is an amazing author and I am so glad I found her ...........totally by accident whilst doing a search ............and I have mixed feelings about about the last one, book eighteen due out in January. On the one hand I can't wait to read it and on the other hand I know it will be the last one. I feel like I know everyone in the seventeen books so far, I have laughed and also cried.....quite a lot in seventeen, because eveyone is either going away or coming home, between everything else that is happening. Hopefully Ellie already has ideas for another series......doesn't have to be so long, but definitely warKeep based.........first or second war.......but I love to read about the early nineteen hundreds and partiularly war based, as although I was born in November 1945 it makes me think how lucky I am. Keep writing Ellie, you truly are an amazing author.
From the first Cliffhaven book There'll be Blue Skies to book 17 With Hope and Love i have walked alongside Peggy in everything she has had to do.I have laughed,cheered and of course cried and as always Ron makes me smile or laugh.I must say that i have loved reading of the War in Europe coming to an end and of peggies dearest wish her children coming home after a six year absence.A Truly beautiful story to read i will post my review on amazon when we get back home.Thank you Ellie Dean now the wait begins for book 18.
I started reading this series when the 80 year anniversary of war breaking out was coming around, I absolutely love this series I was reading 2 books a week I was that engrossed in these characters lives. I can not wait for the next one. I wish some one would make a nice sunday evening mini series of them. Throughout the series i found myself googling if things happened which they did so ive even learnt from them
What a story teller Ellie is I have read every one of the cliffe haven series and cannot wait for the next one I love the character s in the series and can feel their happiness and pain as the story unfolds and through Ellie s great story writing I feel like one of the family I can't write highly enough of this series and would say to anyone who loves a great read to read the series as I've yet to find another one even close thank you Ellie and looking forward to your next book