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The Bells of Bournville Green

Chocolate Girls, Book 2
Narrated by: Annie Aldington
Series: Chocolate Girls, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

Pretty 17-year-old Greta has never known a stable family life. With no father, and loathing her mother Ruby's latest boyfriend, Greta finds life hard at home and is happiest at work with her friends at the Cadbury factory in Birmingham where she is popular with the boys. Life takes a turn for the worse when her missing vixen of a sister Marleen turns up during the freezing winter of 1962.

Greta soon decides that her only way out is marriage, but all too soon she discovers that life with her old classmate Trevor is not a ticket to freedom and happiness. She finds herself on the streets, pregnant, and homeless.… She is taken in by her mother's old friends, Edie and Anatoli Gruschov.

In Anatoli, Greta finds the father she has never had. Kindly Edie loves to mother people and is desperately missing her son, David, and his family who have settled in Israel. But the love and security of this heaven is soon shattered by appalling tragedy, which affects all the chocolate girls and their children and changes life forever.…

Continuing the saga begun in Chocolate Girls, and set in 1960s Birmingham, this is a story of families whose lives are entwined, of belonging and loss…and of a young woman's search for transforming love.

©2008 Annie Murray (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Another Great story

loved this sequel to the first book. I love Annie Murray books, there great stories.

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Loved it until the unsatisfactory end

I really enjoyed this book, even though the story is very unrealistic as it goes on. (Fairy tales for teeny-boppers,) However, it"s a nice uneventful, romantic ride. However, as an Israeli, I hate to say the end is total, unadulterated, garbage. Here you have a man who lived on a kibbutz, married an Israrli girl from the kibbutz, served in the army in the Six Day War, who lost his son in a terrorist attack who ran home to England. Doesn't happen in real life. That's before we see David, who is actually 100 percent Jewish, marrying a non-Jewish girl. No way Ms Murray. Very nice romantic, hearts-and-flowers, pass the tissues ending, but total garbage.