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  • Historical Fiction WW II Australia

    I loved the book, it's full of familiar places and it was easy for me to be swept away by the story. The book is about three brave women who for very different reasons decided to join the Australian Women's Land Army, they play a vital role helping busy farmers harvest their crops, as due to the war there's a huge shortage of male farm labor and food. Flora Atkins lives with both her father, and her brother Jack, who is classed as medically unfit to fight due to being left deaf in one ear from a childhood illness. Her other brother Harry is overseas fighting for his country and Flora's family are constantly worried about him. Flora is 30 years old, stuck in a rut, she has looked after her dad and brothers since her mother died when she was 15 and works at a job where she isn't appreciated, never promoted and paid a pittance. She decides to join the Australian Land Army, she is sent to Mildura to help Charles Nettleford harvest his sultana and currant crop. It's back breaking work, Flora struggles at first but she soon adjusts, Charles is a widower he lives with his mother, he has two little girls Violet and Daisy. Betty Brower lives in Sydney, she is 17 and works in Woolworths, Her best friend and neighbor Michael turns 18 before her, decides to join the army and follow in his older brother's Patrick's footsteps. Betty lives with her parents, both her parents are teachers, she misses Michael and is very unhappy with her job. She decides that she wants to join the Women's Land Army and due to her age she needs her fathers permission to join up Her parents agree, Betty struggles at first she has never been away from home before, she is very home sick, misses Michael and she cries every night. With support from the older girls and the local community make her and her fellow land girls feel very welcome, she settles in, grows up and matures into a young lady. Lilian Thomas lives in North Adelaide a very posh suburb, she has no idea what she wants to do with her life and is stuck going to red cross meetings with her mother and learning to type. Lilian lives in the shadow of her older sister Susan who's a doctor in the Australian army and stationed in Egypt. Lilian has been dating David Hogarth for six months when he decides the join the RAAF and train to be a fighter pilot. They decide to get married quickly, much to her mother's horror before he's deployed to start his training. Once David leaves.to start his training in Mildura, Lilian decides the join the Women's Land Army and her parents are horrified. Lilian joins anyway, before she knows it she has her land army kit and is sent off to her first posting. They're sent to pick cherries in Norton Summit, it's a huge shock for Lilian who has never done a days work in her life! Many of the girls she is working with have been maids and she over hears them talking about how much work they had to do, for a 10 shillings a week and land girls earned 30 shillings. Lilian's own family has a maid and the she knows the families the girls worked for. Food and board is included as part of the girls pay and they stay in some interesting places! As the war drags, the lives of the three women are changed forever, constant worry about loved ones serving overseas takes it's toll, mail can take weeks if not months to reach them, and they have to work hard to feed the nation. They sometimes worked six days a week, in tough conditions, in the heat, and rain. As time goes on some girls leave to marry or lose loved ones in the war. The Land Girls takes you on a journey, one that makes you laugh, cry and you understand the sacrifices both men and women made during the second world war in Australia. I had no idea about the important role the land girls made towards the war effort. Not only with harvesting food but also flax seed which was used to make a material that was used to make tents and other things the army needed. As I live in the Adelaide Hills, I know the area well and Victoria Purman has done a brilliant job with her research, her book might be a work of historical fiction, by including real facts about the area at the time turns it into a beautiful rich story full of real history. I loved the book and gave it four stars.

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  • The Land Girls

    Loved this book. My beautiful aunt was one of these girls. I often wondered what life would have been like and now i know how her experience got her through her very very hard life raising 7 children plus two orphans with very little help. A beautiful story.

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  • Land girls

    This is an amazing story of woman who worked so hard during the war were not recognised for years but now are well done to all writers and researchers.

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  • Fantastic

    Loved this book, really enjoy Victoria’s books. So very Australian, you feel you are there with the characters. Makes you cry and makes you happy too. Thank you for the entertainment

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  • The Land Girls

    Very enjoyable, I never knew there were Land Girls in Australia, I have read a few books about the British Land Girls, would certainly recommend it

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