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A Store at War

Narrated by: Olivia Dowd
Series: Marlow's, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

Even in wartime, the customer comes first at Marlow’s department store. 

It’s 1941, and young Lily Collins is starting work in Midlands department store Marlow’s, whose gleaming facade has fascinated her since childhood. 

As the air raid sirens blare, Lily learns the ropes from her sophisticated boss, Miss Frobisher, alongside shy fellow junior Gladys. But her burgeoning friendship with young salesman Jim draws her into a swirl of secrets within the store. And with the war progressing to crisis point, Cedric Marlow and his staff must battle nightly bombings and the absence of loved ones to keep going.

From a former writer of The Archers comes a novel that weaves together a powerful sense of community and a vivid evocation of a time when every man, woman and child was doing their bit.

©2019 Joanna Toye (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Jo writes with a sure hand and a light touch... It's a real page-turner with a spirited heroine who will worm her way into readers' hearts. A sparkling new voice in fiction." (Veronica Henry)

"Cheerful and uplifting...I enjoyed it immensely." (Katie Fforde)

"Highly recommended - an engrossing story with a charmingly forthright heroine." (Anna Jacobs)

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Easygoing read

This is a good story but it was lacking excitement and drama and did not grip me as other books