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Girls On The Home Front by Annie Clarke

Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Random House
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About The Book

August 1941: As war sweeps across Britain and millions of men enlist to serve their country, it’s up to the women to fight the battle on the home front.
Fran always thought she would marry her childhood sweetheart and lead a simple life in Massingham, the beloved pit village she has always called home.
But with war taking so many men to the front line, the opening of a new factory in the north-east of England presents an opportunity for Fran to forge a new path.
Against her father’s wishes and with best friends Sarah and Beth by her side, Fran signs up to join the ranks of women at the factory. It’s dangerous work but as the three friends risk life and limb for their country, they will discover that their lives are only just beginning…


My Thoughts

This is a historical fiction story which takes place in England during the 1941.
This has been like taking a deep look at the past, discovering how the families lived during the War; their fears and hopes, their needs and pains. But the most important, friendship and families with their struggles and their need to fight for their country no matter the consequences.
When three girls who had known each other since childhood start working at the “factory” their lives will change forever; the work will not be easy and their friendship will be their safe place in the worst moments.
I have to admit that we always read about the war, but we’ve never read about the people and their struggles to survive in the most difficult moments of history. It was interesting reading that no matter your genre, all the hands are welcomed in the moments of need; it would be nice that men and women are equally appreciated at all times, don’t you think?
This had been a different read, special and difficult, intriguing and original, I hope we’ll know more about all these special characters.


About The Author

My roots are dug deep into the North East and it’s such a huge pleasure to be able to write about the area and its people. Although I now live in North Yorkshire, my mum was born and lived in a pit village in County Durham at the start of the First World War. Orphaned by the age of eleven, life was tough, but she finally became a nurse and worked at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, in the early years of World War Two.

I grew up with her memories of miners as neighbours, friends and patients. She had such recall that these memories became mine – she was so proud of ‘her’ people not just miners, but also her friends, some of whom became ‘the factory girls’. Much later they shared a great deal with her, and she shared it with me.

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