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Lavender Road boasts a pawnbroker, a pub, two rows of terraced working class homes and, at one end, the big house owned by the local brewer. When war breaks out, the lives and fortunes of the families who live in Lavender Road are changed out of all recognition. 

For Joyce, it means a struggle to keep food on the family table; for Jen it may mean the end of her dream to become an actress; and for Pam, there is the sickening seesaw of emotions as she fights attraction to her handsome lodger and a growing distance from a husband who is judged not fit to enlist.

©1995 Helen Carey (P)2016 Soundings

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Brilliant

I was sceptical about this 1st book and was pleasantly surprised by the story and characters within. What spoilt it though was that the 6th book “Victory girls”was released 2018 before this and subsequent 4 books in 2020. That said, I am thrilled with the stories surrounding the characters and find myself gripped unable to stop listening. This series of lavender road reminds me of the Ellie Dean series and is very very good. I mustn’t forget the perfect narrator Annie Aldington who brings each character to life with her amazing accents. Helen Carey please write some more books in this series their brilliant Highly recommended

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A great story

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this story but as the characters developed and their lives entwined I became hooked.

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Better research needed

I do know a fair bit about ordinary life in London in the 40s... so winced at the mention of eyeliner and blusher, and was startled by the idea of a working class girl going to `drama school` and having `boyfriends`. I gave up when she told her mother to stop being negative. It would have been an interesting story if only the action had been more about real events, not the somewhat over-heated girls` love lives. Pity.

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Lavender Rd

I have really enjoyed this book. It was a charming story of winning through in the end.

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Loved it.

Haven’t read this author before and I’m so fussy and never find a book that grabs me but this did. I love Annie Alderton too as she brings them all to life. On to the next one. Great read.

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Wonderfully entertaining

I enjoyed this so much, it took me back to my childhood listening to stories of the home front during the war, told by my beloved Godmother and Aunty. The narrator was brilliant with her very convincing accents, switching easily between cockney, ‘Oxford English’ and foreign, male and female. Thank you for a terrific audible performance and great story!

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very enjoyable

I've really enjoyed this audiobook. now onto the next one. I highly recommend . good storyline

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Wonderful

Just couldn’t put it down the narrater was so very good made the book come alive

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Great Listen

Loved this audio book with the marvelous Annie Aldington narration. Story line is exciting with lots of twists and turns. Characters were believable and so was the time setting the start of WW2 in East London. Very enjoyable i have just downloaded the sequel to listen to. Cant wait now to get to bed early for a listen to this family's adventures.

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Lovely audiobook

Great story and great characters, a recommended audiobook , brilliantly read and narrated , thanks , just about to start the second book : )