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Summary

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.

©2016 Mary Gibson (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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I have listened to a few of Mary Gibson books, She has become one of my favourite authors, can't wait to start another, she seems to get the history as well as a great story, you can't fail but to enjoy.

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The right mix

Once I got into this book I found I didn't want it to end, warm characters, brought to life by Anne's reading. Good mix of factual info about the Ats roles, the training & positions the girls took, combined with real likeable main characters. Favourites May, and Granny Byron, and favourite description - the fairy ring.
It would've been nice to have a sequel.

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Excellent story with a superb narrater.

This story gave me a wonderful and interesting insight to experiences of the war days and how people coped with various situations. A history lesson with a difference that I shall never forget. 5 star all round.

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Loved it!

Emotional beautiful courageous story. Beautifully read by Anne Dover who always brings every character to life.

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Excellent

Anne Dover is the best narrator on Audible. She makes you feel like your in the book. There was plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you on your toes.With well fleshed out characters that you care about, the book gives you a real sense of how hard day to day living during the war was.

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fabulously entertaining

This book is so well written even when you think you can guess what going to happen it has twists and twirls and keeps your interest throughout.

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Great story expertly narrated

A really good book expertly narrated but Ann Dover .she makes the book come alive and you feel as if you are in the story. I laughed and cried while listening and it made me realise the extreme hardships suffered by those who were living in the target areas during World War 2. I Thoroughly recommend this audiobook

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Enjoyable

Nice detailed story, but coincidences slightly far fetched at times. Narration very good and fairly empathic.
On an historical note: - what does the writer mean by the 'penny farthing'? A real one, or just a very old-fashioned bike? Christian Dior introduced 'The New Look' in early 1947 and the 'A Line' in 1955, neither of which fashions would be in the shops during the period of this book. Clothes (and fabrics) were rationed until March 1949, and all garments were regulated as to fullness of skirts, number of pleats and bought trimmings etc.

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excellent

wasn't sure what to expect ,but I'm pleasantly surprised how good this was..excellent narrator and a story well told of wartime family experiences...would definitely recommend..

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Another amazing book by a great author

another amazing book by a great author. and perfectly read by the Narrator ready for the next one