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    Fabulous Read, Awesome Series!

    Having enjoyed the first in this series, The Candle Factory Girl (review here), I've really been looking forward to reading this sequel and it held no disappointments. Almost at the end of the second world war, rationing is biting harder than ever bringing real hardships to the residents of Banbury Street.  Eva Parker is delighted when a new family moves into the house which has been empty since the deaths of the old couple who lived there. The Cresswell family don't have their problems to seek, that's for sure, but they are harbouring a massive secret which, as time goes on, will affect Eva's family too. What a fabulous second book in this awesome series! New friendships, old relationships and a real flavour of what life was like for Londoners at the end of that terrible war. With a wonderful story line, with lots of criss-cross strands, and great characterisation this is an absolute joy to read. Tania Crosse has the ability to weave a wonderful tale, and her sagas are so well-written that I just fall into them and allow them to swallow me up. I must also mention the marvellous cover, which is gorgeous and so perfect! If, like me, you are fond of great domestic stories about WWII, then this is definitely one for you. No doubt about it, this is a five star read!
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    Second book in Banbury Street series

    The Street of Broken Dreams is the second installment in Banbury Street Series. I do recommend reading The Candle Factory Girl before embarking on The Street of Broken Dreams. Provides good background on Price’s. I thought The Street of Broken Dreams was well-written with steady pacing. The transitions between storylines was smooth. I do want to let readers know that the book has a disconcerting beginning. It is a necessary scene, but it is unsettling with the violence. There are great characters in the story beginning with Eva Parker who has a big heart. Mildred became engaged to Gary at the beginning of the war. It was hasty and they hardly knew each other. Cissie loves to dance and, after a terrifying night, it is the only thing that brings her relief. Jake Parker is a thoughtful, caring young man who is smitten with Cissie. He can see that she will need time to heal and he is willing to wait. I found that Tania Crosse captured this period in time especially with the attitudes and emotions of the people. England had been at war much long than the United States. They had been suffering with severe food shortages. Rationing was strict and it was a complex system (ration coupons, points). The Street of Broken Dreams is an emotional novel that takes us through the end of World War II. I like that we get to see the war through a civilian’s perspective. I appreciated the reillumination of Big Ben was included as well as people crowding around Buckingham Palace when the end of the war was announced. People wanted to see the King, Queen, Princesses and the Prime Minister. I liked the epilogue that takes us six years later and gives readers a satisfying ending to the story. Come along to Banbury Street in The Street of Broken Dreams to join Mildred Parker and Cissie Creswell on their journeys.
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