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Summary

It's 1941 and Britain is at war. For the aristocratic Walsingham family this means their grand home being taken over by the armed forces. But for newcomers Ava, Maudie and Bella, this is a chance for something more.

Each is ready to do their part for the war effort and soon become firm friends. But Lord Edward Walsingham seems like he is hiding something. And although he may be clever, he might have met his match in Maudie and the girls....

©2016 Daisy Styles (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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The CODE girls?

I love Daisy Styles books and usually enjoy every one I read. I cannot say that I did not enjoy this book as I found it a pleasant read BUT I felt the story was more a "WW2 Upstairs Downstairs" than a book about actual code girls. As mentioned in another review, I found the story to be more "Enid Blyton" than Daisy Styles with the emphasis on work downstairs in the kitchens rather than code breaking. I am disappointed as I was looking forward to reading a novel based around the code girls actual work but sadly this novel barely mentioned the code breaking of WW2.
The book was beautifully narrated by Anne Dover who as usual can make even the most boring novels sound exciting, therefore it was worth buying for that alone. As a novel it is very similar to Daisy Styles other WW2 books with very little changes. Overall a pleasant read but not one of her best efforts.

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Reminiscent of Enid Blyton

Far too jolly and perfect for my taste. Everyone is handsome or beautiful and the hardships of war were unrealistically described. I kept thinking I was listening to a grown up version of Famous Five...

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Code girls

Another Fantastic story from daisy styles, great characters lots of fun and sadness for the girls great story line,easy to get into, can't wait for her next book.
Narrated by Anne Dover who brings each and every character to life she is the best in my opinion, hope daisy styles sticks with Anne Dover doing the narration

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Not As Good As Promised

I was looking forward to reading this as the story sounded interesting. Instead it was saccharin coated story of four girls, not code girls as I expected, who land up working in the kitchen as cooks below stairs. Everything was so predictable and sugary with each falling in love at the same time. The narration was the only thing that kept me listening. Brilliantly done. Shame the story can’t do her justice.

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Gentle and nostalgic

It was like listening to an old black and white fin on a Sunday afternoon. Lovely book.

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An easy listen

Something easy and happy to listen to. I liked the narrator, the setting and all the characters. I will listen to more if the authors stories.

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Too sweet

I think there were anachronisms throughout the story.
The use of the word scumbag is one that jarred.
The ending was predictable.
The principal characters were too good to be true for my taste so I will avoid this author in future.

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Great characters

A warm, happy story of war time Britain. The main characters are depicted beautifully and the story is easy flowing but enticing.

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Mills and Boone

Thought this would be about Bletchley Park, so far (with 10 hours to go) it's a rather trite romance. Not sure I'll finish it.

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Get your tissue ready

Loved the story and the excellent narrator brought it to life.
I didn't want it to end.
Gripping story. Thank you.