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This review is from: Soldier Girl (Hopscotch Summer) (Paperback)
Soldier Girl is a much desired follow up to Hopscotch Summer. It gives more background and fills in the gaps in Molly Fox's story. The character of Molly is very complex due to terrible abuse she suffered as a child and Annie Murray does a very good job of portraying the feelings of self contempt she has. She always feels inferior so over compensates by being loud and crude, therefore making her look what she is not.
On another note I do not think there is anybody better than Annie Murray at describing bomb raids on Birmngham in the second world war. Both in this book and Birmingham Blitz she gets exactly the atmosphere of terror, horror at what is happening and most of all the dreadful day by day existence. Awake all night with raids and doing ARW duties etc. then having to go to work and try to carry on as normal, all to the background of terrible privation of normal comforting things such as tea, sugar, fruit and of course cigarettes! The horror of people being blown up in their beds and the sheer courage and tenacity of the people who had to dig them out and endure unthinkable sights. I heard all this first hand from my late parents and reading Annie's books is like listening to them. Great social history as well as a good interesting read!
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2011, 19:47:38 GMT
Achlys JEB says:
I rally enjoyed the story of Molly Fox, but felt I needed to know her life story after the war ended.I just felt the story ended to soon.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2011, 22:59:10 GMT
Yes I felt the same, that I wanted to know what happened so good news! Annie Murray has written a third book which ties everything up for Molly and Em after the war has ended. It will be released sometime this year and is called All the Days of our Lives.
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