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Dotty, Lucy and Annabelle all turn up for work at Coventry's department store Owen Owen at the same time as war is declared. Dotty is an orphan, Lucy is the sole carer for her little sister, and although Annabelle has led a life of privilege until now, everyone's having to pinch the pennies at the moment. The three form an unlikely bond, and with disaster at every turn, they're going to need each other...

©2013 Rosie Goodwin (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

" Home Front Girls proves once again Rosie Goodwin's ability to create a dramatic, emotional plot... a rewarding read." ( Birmingham Post)
"A touching and powerful novel from a wonderful writer." ( The Bookseller on The Empty Cradle)

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Easy listening

Enjoyable and I cared about the characters. Some predictability and a few repetitions but well narrated and interesting to listen to.

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A must really good audio book riveting so enjoyable I could not stop listening to it one of the best audio book I have listen to

The book was really good and full of great story's about each of the girls life's

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predictable

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this story didn't really get interesting until the second part of the audible download. this part covered the bombing raids on Coventry and the desolation left in its wake. for me this part saved the book.
not one of the best war time stories I have listened too.

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Surpprisingly enjoyable

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but having enjoyed Rosie Goodwin's writing previously thought I would have a stab at this one on special offer.

It was a delightful tale of the war torn England and specifically the lives of three very different girls who bonded during that time of hardship.

I found some of their reactions to events implausible, but overall it was a lovely read, bringing sadness and joy in equal measure. (Tears to the eyes too in parts!)

The narrator was mainly good - but she sometimes used wrong phrasing and I had to stop and think what she actually meant - but that wasn't too much of a hardship, whizzed back 30 secs and re-listened.

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Well read good story

Good characters with interesting stories in an area that I know. The narration is easy to listen to.

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Loved hearing about my city

I think these type of stories, stir memories of a place, and its people in a different place and time, through the eyes of three girls, who was the same age in the war, as my mum.

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Home front Girls

This book was great. Really good book to listen too. i loved it!!! More books please From Sue Marsh

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  • 02-04-15

Not a particularly challenging listen

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But if you are confined to barracks with flu, then you could do worse. The storylines were a bit predictable and towards the end I was guessing with a certain degree of accuracy what the dialogue would be. Not really my cup of tea, unfortunately.

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Great story

It is always nice to hear a story that is not based in London. well written and very well read. Thanks

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Sickly sweet......a guilty secret

Syrupy sweet tale set in Coventry during World War Two, and the intertwined lives of three young girls woven together through their initial shop assistant roles at the Owen and Owen department store.

Often overly gooey and very predictable filled with many silly cliches from a bygone era.....
It is at this point I would usually think yuk, and look for a book with more bite. However this book has been a guilty secret and I have really enjoyed listening to it.

I think the thing that kept me hooked was that I do like a book from this era,. There is a strong storyline and all the characters are rather like able

Right now that that’s completed, I am off to read War and peace. 🤪

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  • 01-12-14

Idle Chitter Chatter in the Guise of a Story

The narrator is expressive, a bit slow, but shows good expression for a story that is slow in getting started. The girls don't mesh, there's not real chemistry, and the dialogue doesn't advance the story.

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  • 25-01-18

very engaging

Great story and great narrator. Couldn't put it down. Great wrap up at the end

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  • julianne
  • 20-02-14

Elementary

This had the potential to be a good story but it was so predictable that I guessed two of the three "secrets" long before they were revealed by the author. The characters were very stilted and unbelievable and the dialogue was so elementary that I felt I might be listening to the adventures of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Part of that blame goes to the narrator who had a very annoying voice and sounded as though she was telling a story to a group of pre-schoolers. I just didn't enjoy this book at all.