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Summary

A new series from best-selling author Kate Thompson. 

Stratford, 1939.

Britain may be at war, but on the home front keeping up morale and keeping up appearances go hand in hand. For the young women working on the lipstick production line at Yardley's cosmetics factory, it's business as usual.

Headstrong Renee Gunn is the queen of the lipstick belt - although her cheeky attitude means she's often in trouble. When Esther, an Austrian refugee, arrives at Yardley's, it's Renee who takes her under her wing and teaches her to be a true cockney.

But outside of the factory, things are more complicated. Lily, Renee's older sister, has suddenly returned home after six years away, and is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile Esther is finding life in England more difficult than expected, and it's not long before Renee finds herself in trouble, with nowhere to turn.

In the face of the Blitz, the Yardley girls are bound together by friendship and loyalty - but could the secrets they are hiding be the biggest danger of all?

©2019 Kate Thompson (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"A compelling saga set around the tenacious women of the East End." (Daisy Styles)

"Kate Thompson's wartime novels always strike a chord and Secrets of the Homefront Girls is no exception. You can almost smell the Yardley violets drifting over the factory as the girls live lives complicated by the trials and tribulations of war." (My Weekly)

"Kate Thompson is a skillful and humane storyteller who lights up the sooty face of the old East End with tales full of drama and human interest." (Annie Murray)

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Oh dear.

Great story spoiled by, well shocking narration, it really grated on my ears. I was so looking forward to listening to this, I'm an Eastender but afraid the reader really didn't catch a real "cockney" accent.

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I couldn't keep listening.

The actual story was good and I was interested in finding out what was going to happen. However, the narration was so bad (Renee's voice, the voice of the girls in the factory) that I had to stop listening because it spoiled the whole experience. Very disappointed.

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Struggling to finish - dreadful narrator

The story appears to be very good however I am struggling to finish this book due to the dreadful narrator. I can honestly say this is the worst narrator I have ever listened to. Some of the adult characters sound like primary school children which I found very difficult to listen to. I am considering buying the book as I cannot bear to continue listen to this narrator any longer yet I want to know the outcome of the families in the story. The narrator does not do this book justice. Whilst I have only given the story three stars this is purely due to the dreadful narrator I sincerely hope she does not provide the narration for the next book.

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Great story

Great story but the narrative was a bit annoying the voices of characters we're a little grating

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brilliant

an outstanding listen, well researched book, took me back to difficult but happy times in my own younger years. Thank you

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A great book, good storyline, well researched and kept me gripped until the end.Had sad parts but it is set in war time but its not all about the war which makes a pleasant change

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This book had me laughing and crying

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A cracking tale

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Great story

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