1942. Sixteen-year-old Poppy Percival turns up at Trout's clothing factory to start work as a seamstress.
Poppy harbours a secret - one from which she is still suffering. But she's not the only one with a secret. Each of her new friends at the factory is hiding something painful.
The war will throw their lives into turmoil but also bring these women closer to each other than they could ever have imagined.
©2015 Kate Thompson (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
What a fantastic book with brilliant narration ... You get so drawn into this story, that you begin to think you are actually there with the characters.. several parts of it had me in tears, it was so poignant & as I can relate to Bethnal Green it made it all the more so....
A cracking good book & especially the dedication at the end..... which is so worth listening to.
an excellent listen. you can almost believe you are there. I really enjoyed thus one
An incredible story of women pulling together through the adversity of the Second World War in Bethnal Green. I wasn't sure that this was my sort of book but I loved every minute of it. Once it gets going the pace is fast and you don't know where the next revelation is coming from. The book was obviously very well researched as the historic details are spot on. I would recommend this to anyone.
Yes I would recommend it
You felt you were there with the girls I really enjoyed it
The concept behind this book is sound, and it should have been a really good listen, but I really couldn't engage with it. Poppy Percival is so excruciatingly good and innocent (even with her 'secret', which I just couldn't get intrigued about despite the numerous hints); Daisy is such a stereotype; Vera's 'secret' is so glaringly obvious from the start, and the whole book generally lacks grit and depth for me. That's not to say there were no good points. I enjoyed Vera and Archie's characters and felt an amount of sympathy for Sal's situation, and Frank and Reggie were suitably despicable. I wasn't aware that the tube disaster was a historical fact, and that was some of the strongest writing in the book, with the real horror being well described as the dominos started to topple towards the inevitable tragedy.
The intense nature of relationships (including romantic relationships) during the war was touched on, but never in the depth it deserved, which left many of the new relationships emerging seeming rather tenuous and shallow. Daisy's encounter with Robert had so much more scope for development than it was given, which left him seeming very 1 dimensional for me.
The narrator had some excellent English accents, but her American accent was dreadful, and I found it very annoying that she narrated reported speech or thoughts in the accent of the person doing the speaking or thinking. I also found that her non-speech sections frequently lapsed into a church-reader kind of soporific tone, which really didn't enhance the story for me.
However, if you enjoy Mills and Boon style books, there's a good chance you will love this story, and clearly a lot of other people do!
Not the usual story I would go for but was really enjoyable and had me gripped. I knew nothing of the Bethnal Green tube tragedy so learnt a lot whilst listening. Can't wait for Kate Thompson's next book now. Great writer who I'd highly recommend.
I did find the narrator irritating as she changed accents and voices and sometimes forgot who's voice was who's. Would have preferred her to not act out and just read. But that may just be my personal taste. This was my first audio book so could be the normal thing.
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