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    Lovely debut novel

    Although Alice's family aren't wealthy, I saw echoes of the early Downton Abbey in this lovely debut novel. We have a stern and apparently cold father, a mother putting her family first, a sensible daughter, a rebel daughter, a loyal housekeeper, and two sons eager for the adventure of war but unprepared for its harsh reality. Against a backdrop of First World War London, Elaine Roberts introduces us to Alice and her two close friends, and the bookshop where the girls work. All the drama, fear and upset of the women of the time is here as they watch their sons, brothers and lovers go off to war and have no idea if they will ever come back. But it's a time of great change for women too as they take on the jobs only ever undertaken by men before and as they fight to get the vote. I would have liked more scenes in the bookshop but the real drama is happening in the household and out in the streets and, of course, off the page in the trenches and battlefields far away. I read late into the night to get to the end and find out if they get their happy endings, but of course the war is not over and there are more books in this series still to come, so the end of this book is not the end of the story! I look forward to the next instalment.
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    Friendship and Love during WWI

    I was captivated from the start by this poignant story set in WWI London. It describes the many ways in which war alters the lives of Alice, Victoria and Molly, friends and coworkers at the famous Foyles Bookshop. A highly recommended read, one that makes me anxious for the next book in this compelling new series. Many thanks, NetGalley and Aria, for the early copy. Opinions are fully mine. #TheFoylesBookshopGirls #NetGalley
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