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  • Thoughtfully Written and Gripping...Must Read!

    Set mainly in London over a span of about a decade, this is an achingly beautiful and poignant book which enticed me at the first sentence. The story is about love, loss, sorrow and hope. No matter the circumstances hope is a constant, even if in tiny slivers. Healing is a theme, too, including the power of music. In 1909, Lizzie is raised in a loveless environment. Her mother has died and her father is cruel and unapproachable. But when another woman moves in, Lizzie's problems are compounded. She feels her only choice is to leave and seeks out her godmother in London, a woman she doesn't know. Their relationship evolves and where there was once angst there grows love. The two desire to help in the war effort and with their musical talents sing and play the piano to those convalescing. Polly, Lizzie's dearest friend from home is inexplicably jilted by her fiance so she moves to London and reluctantly joins the music duo which becomes a trio. As the story unfolds we are privy to the relationships of these women, amongst themselves and with others including Davie, Matt and Harry. I love that the book is about true love rather than lust and shows how our decisions affect life. It is unfathomable to imagine how life was during the war, a constant worry and all about survival. Dreams are crushed, lives are extinguished. The author manages to write about the good and the bad with grace. Gorgeously written with thoughtfulness, this story captured my heart. Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction and General Fiction lovers ought to pick up this winner of a book, both gentle and powerful. My sincere thank you to Aria & Aries and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this lovely book.

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  • Music and Romance

    A beautiful story of three women doing their part in the war effort. Lizzie, Poppy and Margaret form a singing group to entertain the wounded soldiers at hospitals and convalescent homes. They later sing at fundraising concerts to help the families of the wounded soldiers. The three women find romance along the way. I loved reading this book. This is a wonderful and happy wartime romance. It is a clean romance and I so appreciate that. I find so few books without swear words and explicit scenes in them. This book is a breath of fresh air. I loved all the characters. Even Lizzie's stepmother and her friend were great evil characters. I truly loved the characters of Lizzie, Poppy and Margaret. I especially liked Matt and his family which came across with such love and warmth. I am glad I found this book and author, I will definitely read anything else she writes. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Lesley Eames, Aria and Aries, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review a copy of the book for an honest review.

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  • Wartime Singers

    This book was gripping from the start to finish. Could not put it down. Loved the entire story. Especially the 'soulmate' ending!

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