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  • The Nightingale Girls

  • By: Donna Douglas
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better-educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go? Helen is born for the job; her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen’s secret misery be her downfall? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a surprise!

  • By Enquiring Mind on 03-04-15

The Nightingale Girls

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Delightful introduction to the Nightingale nurses. Lives, loves, sorrows and training are all part of the everyday saga of these young nurses prior to WW2. Beautifully narrated by Penelope Freeman, each character is brought to life enabling the reader to fully immerse into the story and picture each girl as she goes about her life. Well worth reading. Highly recommended!

  • The Code Girls

  • By: Daisy Styles
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

It's 1941 and Britain is at war. For the aristocratic Walsingham family this means their grand home being taken over by the armed forces. But for newcomers Ava, Maudie and Bella, this is a chance for something more. Each is ready to do their part for the war effort and soon become firm friends. But Lord Edward Walsingham seems like he is hiding something. And although he may be clever, he might have met his match in Maudie and the girls....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Code girls

  • By Mouse2560 on 29-09-16

The CODE girls?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I love Daisy Styles books and usually enjoy every one I read. I cannot say that I did not enjoy this book as I found it a pleasant read BUT I felt the story was more a "WW2 Upstairs Downstairs" than a book about actual code girls. As mentioned in another review, I found the story to be more "Enid Blyton" than Daisy Styles with the emphasis on work downstairs in the kitchens rather than code breaking. I am disappointed as I was looking forward to reading a novel based around the code girls actual work but sadly this novel barely mentioned the code breaking of WW2.
The book was beautifully narrated by Anne Dover who as usual can make even the most boring novels sound exciting, therefore it was worth buying for that alone. As a novel it is very similar to Daisy Styles other WW2 books with very little changes. Overall a pleasant read but not one of her best efforts.

  • The Canary Girls

  • The Bomb Girls, Book 2
  • By: Rosie Archer
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In love and war, who can you trust? Hampshire, 1944. Her face still bearing the scars from the explosion at the factory, Rita Brown is nonetheless back on her feet. She's caught the eye of local wide boy Blackie Bristow, who's sweeping her around the country in a life of shady glamour. But there's a war on, and life is not all fun and games. Some of the local men are taking advantage of the topsy-turvy world to break more than just hearts, and standing up to them comes with its own costs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read!

  • By MaisiMai on 19-04-18

Another great read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

This is the second book in the Rosie Archer "Munitions Girls" trilogy. WW2 rages on and our girls continue to experience love and heartbreak while the war continues. Excellent follow up to "The Munitions Girls" a must read to continue the saga of life during the dark days of the war. Beautifully narrated by Helen Lloyd. Highly recommended!

  • The Day Will Come

  • By: Beryl Matthews
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

London, 1940. The war is raging across Europe, and 23-year-old Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband, Brian, at Dunkirk after only a year of marriage. Her secretary job at a law firm keeps her mind from dwelling on her sorrow, but when her boss, James, enlists in the air force Grace is left without work. Alongside her best friend, Helen, the Grace joins the War Office in a move that will change their lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story of military life during WW2

  • By MaisiMai on 13-04-18

Beautiful story of military life during WW2

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-18

Annie Aldingtons narrations bring any novels to life with her gentle voice and ability to use emotion when needed, pair it with a superb author and you have a guaranteed "can't put it down" story. Once again, Beryl Matthews blows us away with her wonderful writings! Highly recommended!

  • Christmas with the Bomb Girls

  • By: Daisy Styles
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

The festive season is approaching, and the Bomb Girls are determined to make this a year to remember. With Myrtle's health in decline, Edna's love life beginning to take flight and a shy new arrival in their midst, life is never quiet in Pendle. But Gladys, back from performing for the troops, is sullen and sad, and her friends are sure she is hiding something.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but narrator a bit bland

  • By prmiaj on 02-09-18

Another lovely story set in wartime Britain.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-18

This 3rd book in the series was well written and enjoyable. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the narration by Helen Lloyd as much as Anne Dovers narration of previous books in this series. I felt the narrator's voice sounds "too old" to do justice to the characters and lacked the emotion of Anne Dover. It was however a very enjoyable novel and is highly recommended.

  • The Bomb Girls' Secrets

  • By: Daisy Styles
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

As WWII rolls across Europe, Kitty boards a ship set for England. Money is what she really needs right now, especially with tiny baby Billy back in Dublin. In Lancashire, Kitty settles into the hard work and soon makes new friends, playing in the Bomb Girls Swing Band by night. Life seems to be looking up. But when a letter arrives from home, she realises she might need her friends’ help before it's too late and she loses her baby forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel-good story of friendships

  • By V. Davy on 29-04-17

Lovely story of WW2 life in the munitions factory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Fabulous follow up to "The Bomb Girls" this book continues with the lives of more munitions girls at the Phoenix factory. Love, loss and happy endings. Beautifully narrated by Anne Dover. Highly recommended!

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  • Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys

  • By: Mary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

As London goes up in flames during the Blitz, two sisters from Bermondsey find their lives changed out of all recognition.... When a bombing raid destroys nearly everything she holds dear, May joins the ATS and becomes a gunner girl. Peggy, May's elder sister, is trapped in a stifling marriage, yet amid the chaos of war, a route to freedom beckons. From war will come hardship and tragedy as well as new, unexpected friendships and love affairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Rosemarie on 28-08-16

WW2 Heartbreak and happiness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-18

Story of life for 2 sisters and the A.T.S. girls during WW2.
Beautifully and emotionally narrated by Anne Dover this novel grips you from start to finish.
If you love WW2 romance you will love "Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys".
Highly recommended.

  • Far From Home

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

It is 1940 and Staff Nurse Polly Brown has been granted a posting at Cliffehaven Memorial Hospital to be near her badly injured husband, Adam. But her decision has meant that she has had to part with their five-year-old daughter, Alice, who is travelling to safety in Canada. Polly's heart is torn in two as she says goodbye to Alice and heads to the Beach View boarding house, where she throws herself into her work. But as she confronts the fact that Adam may not survive his injuries, a shocking telegram arrives at Beach View.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle story

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-17

Book 2 of the Cliffhaven series.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-18

Another heart wrenching story of life in Cliffhaven.
This book is about the nurses who are billeted at the b&b along with a Polish refugee. Life during WW2 is taking it's toll...........
Heartache, tragedy, love and happiness are becomin a daily part of life.
Well narrated by Julie Maisey this is a good novel.
Recommended.

  • The Spark Girl

  • By: Fiona Ford
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Spring 1940. Kitty Williams has suffered more than her fair share of tragedy, but rather than wallowing, she's more determined than ever to do her part in the battle against Hitler. Stepping up her own war effort, Kitty leaves her hometown of Coventry and joins the Auxiliary Territorial Service (Women's Army - ATS), where she finds new friends in Di, Peggy and Mary but also new obstacles to overcome in both her professional and personal lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-03-18

The life, loves and losses of Kitty during WW2.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-18

Lovely story of Kitty who joins the women's volunteer army. Well written by Fiona Ford this book shows how life can change so dramatically during times of conflict. I found Kitty rather weak and frustrating at times but without her "relationship" with Billy there would not have been much of a story. Beautifully narrated by Emma Powell the book brings another angle to life during WW2. Enjoyable book, recommended read.

  • Those in Peril

  • By: Margaret Mayhew
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1940, as the shadows are lengthening over Europe, painter Louis Duval decides to leave his studio in Brittany and, in his small motor boat, make the short but perilous journey to England. His aim is not to flee from the enemy, but to join the Resistance to fight for his beloved France

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An insight into the French Resistance during WW2

  • By MaisiMai on 07-01-18

An insight into the French Resistance during WW2

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Another well written novel by Margaret Mayhew.
Life, love and loss feature in this wonderful story set during WW2. A definite page turner, you won't want to put this book down until the very end.........and it will leave you wanting more!
Beautifully narrated by Kim Hicks. Highly recommended!