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  • Wonderful Tale of Poverty & Friendship!

    What a great start to what promises to be an unmissable series! Maisie has long dreamed of the day she will leave school and can leave home to head for a job in the country, but her father insists she go to work at W. D. & H. O. Wills, the local tobacco factory. Maisie is pretty sure she has an ulterior motive though - she doesn't trust him. As it turns out, she finds friendship at her job working alongside Phyllis and Bridget and before long the three of them are the best of mates. It seems that Maisie isn't the only one with dreams for the future but with the threat of war, how will the three friends fare? This is a wonderful tale of poverty and friendship, and I'm already looking forward to the second one. Whilst this is a complete read it also opens up possibilities for the futures of all three young women. The author has created entirely believable characters and has obviously done her research into the pre-war period. Both well-written and extremely interesting, this promises to be a good series to follow. For those who, like me, enjoy pre-war sagas, this gets my recommendation and four stars.

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  • Beautiful, Poignant and Moving

    In 1939 Bristol, three very unique young women with different dreams find themselves working at the tobacco factory in unglamorous jobs but they are paid well. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this book takes us into the girls' backgrounds and lives at home and outside of home. We discover unimaginable pain and sorrow but also beautiful friendships and precious hope, especially during the time of war. Maisie, the youngest, is the newest in the group and as such is protected by Phyllis and Bridget who are a few years older and more worldly yet dissimilar. They all do well at their jobs and become fast friends. However, they harbour secrets, nightmarish secrets which sting and cling to them like shadows. Some characters are easy to despise...you can almost sense wickedness coursing through their veins. What a riveting read! Not an easy read as there is brutal violence but the twists and turns are non stop and very believable. It feels as though it is based on a true story with real grit. For those who enjoy non-cozy Historical Fiction, this is for you. It has some tough bits but it's not Horror. As it is the first of a new series, there are many loose ends, the way I like it. I don't need everything perfectly tidied up. You will have difficulty putting this book aside. Your emotions will take you on a rickety roller coaster with many ups and downs. By the end you will want more. I really, really care about the outcomes of the girls. My sincere thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

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  • Wonderful story

    Thank you NetGalley, Lizzie Lane and Boldwood Books for the ARC of The Tobacco Girls. This is my personal review. I was very taken into the world of these three women who worked in a tobacco plant during war time. The story pulled me in from the very beginning and continued to keep my attention throughout the entire book. This is the first book in a new series by Lizzie Lane. The continuing saga in the future books will be a series to read.

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  • The tobacco girls

    An excellent story. The characters were both charming and evil .. it all added to the story giving it depth and reality it was interesting and enjoyable. I cant wait to read the next one.

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