Thursday, 14 November 2013

October Book Review

Another 3 books this month & I enjoyed each one.

Connie and Eva are best friends but their families are the worst of enemies…
During the VE Day celebrations, two women meet completely by chance. As Connie and Eva talk they discover they are from feuding families, the Maxwells and the Dixons. But when they both begin nurses’ training, they can’t deny their natural bond of friendship and become more like sisters.
Their lives intertwine as Connie starts courting Eva’s brother, Roger, a bomb disposal expert. In her heart, Connie holds a torch for local artist and freespirit Eugene, but a dark memory from her past makes her wary of trusting any man.
The two women are determined to uncover the secrets that have plagued them and kept the two families at war for so long. But can their friendship survive the shocking truth?

Another bargain Kindle book from Amazon. Set just after WW2 it brings 2 families together, a traditional love story with a very good twist!
For 99p your can't go wrong!

Getting married in the 1950s was quite a different experience to how it is today. After the independence of the wartime years, women now had to leave their jobs when they married and support their husband by creating a spotless home, delicious meals and an inviting bedroom. From ingenious cleaning tips, ration-book recipes and home decor inspiration, the homemaking methods of the 1950s give a hilarious and poignant insight into the lives of women in that decade. In A 1950s Housewife, author, wife, mother and grandmother Sheila Hardy collects heart-warming personal anecdotes from those women, many of whom are now in their eighties, who embarked on married life during this fascinating post-war period and provides a heart-warming trip down memory lane for any wife or child of the 1950s.

I'd heard mixed reviews about this book but I must confess I couldn't put it down. I found it fascinating & it made me ask my parents loads of questions plus all my older volunteers. I found it odd that a lot of things in the book were the same as when I was growing up in the 70's. the world has changed so much in the 40 years I've been alive….. you sometimes forget that! I'm looking forward to reading the next book about bringing up baby.

It is April 1939 and unaware that the German war machine is advancing towards the Channel Islands, seventeen-year-old Meg Colivet and her sister are enjoying a holiday in Oxford with their aunt. Here Meg meets charismatic German undergraduate Rayner Weiss and the couple fall passionately in love. But all too soon, Britain is at war with Germany, Guernsey has been occupied and Meg's family home requisitioned by the German army.
Meg insists on remaining with her father, determined to help save her beloved island from the ravages of war. And then she finds herself face to face with Rayner - now a German officer - once more and her life is thrown into turmoil as they risk their lives to meet in secret . As the conflict in Europe intensifies, basic provisions become scarce and soon the people Meg loves come under threat. Torn between her love for Rayner and her duty to her family and the island she grew up on, a heartbroken Meg has a terrible choice to make...

This is the 2nd Lily Baxter book I've read & I've got 1 more to go. I enjoyed it, it was a quick easy read but it didn't blow me away. Maybe a good book to read on holiday or a long journey, you don't need to concentrate that much! There was no surprises but still a nice read.

I'm in the middle of book 29 at the moment, with only a few weeks left of 2013 & can't safely say I'm not going to hit 50! I keep choosing books with over 500 pages….. must be more careful next year!
Have you read any good books? 
I'd love to hear your recommendations.

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