Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane

The blurb states:

Bridget Milligan has donned a uniform and joined the nursing services where she becomes intrigued with the miracles of modern medicine. She’s also torn between family loyalty, her new career and Lyndon O’Neill, the love of her life. Is it too impossible to hope that everything will come out right in the end?
Phyllis Harvey is still serving in Malta where she sees the casualties of war first hand. Finally it seems like Phyllis is blessed with true in love, but fate can sometimes be a rocky road and nothing is that certain.
Maisie Miles is left holding the home front at the tobacco factory but with the sudden death of her grandmother finds herself once more alone in the world. However, thanks to a substantial inheritance, she is able to extend a helping hand to a friend in desperate need.
There are tears and laughter, goodbyes and new arrivals along with the hope that new beginnings are not far over the horizon.

My thoughts:

I was so excited to get the opportunity to review this book as it is the fourth in the series of ‘The Tobacco Girls’ saga and living in the city where the book is set means I could really become immersed in it. Having read all the books in the series so far it felt like I was returning to see how old friends were getting on – Lizzie Lane really captures the realness and essence of their friendships and I enjoyed how characters from other books had become further developed, such as Carol. We were able to see a greater depth to her personality and the way her story unfolded in particular was unexpected – I look forward to seeing in the next book how Maisie continues to support her.

This was the most emotional book of the saga so far – it becomes clear how the realities of war really did hit home and the sacrifices that everyone had to make. The character’s lives were all affected in one way or another by witnessing the deaths of loved ones and having to face up to a future different to that which they had imagined.

I adored reading this historical saga and as I walk the same streets in Bristol that these girls did in the book I feel a further connection to them – I’m sad in a way that they are just characters in a story!

I would highly recommend not only this book but reading the whole of The Tobacco Girls series.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3fh6eJ0

Author Bio –

Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls.

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