I’m so happy to share my review today of The Bomb Girl Brides by Daisy Styles as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Katie Ashworth for my review copy of the book and the invite!
About this book…
It’s 1944 and Britain is a country at war. The young women of the Phoenix munitions factory are giving their all to the cause, but romance is beckoning . . .
The life of a Bomb Girl isn’t usually glamourous. But Maggie is getting married, so she is going to make sure her wedding day is – even if she does have to spend every other day slaving on the factory floor.
This blasted factory was not what Julia had in mind either. She had always dreamed of attending Oxford University rather than getting her hands dirty and the easy laughter of the other women intimidate her terribly.
But they are all here together in this munitions factory in a Lancashire mill town, sharing firsts, pitching in and getting on. Despite rationing, dangerous hard work and new situations these Bomb Girls are going to do their best at work, and in love.
Oh this book provided a much needed breath of fresh air for me this week! Having only read one of The Bomb Girl series before I was worried that I would need to catch up on too much from the first book but I needn’t have worried! The Bomb Girl Brides sits nicely as a standalone novel with an easy to follow storyline following new girl Julia but also with little nods to the past as it continued the romantic and social journeys of characters we have come to know and love. So don’t worry if this is your first visit to The Bomb Girls, they will make you feel very welcome!
I adore this period of history and love reading about the women of the 40s and how they coped whilst their menfolk were away fighting in the Second World War. I find the camaraderie of the time fascinating as women across Great Britain came together to help in the war effort and this series, set in a Lancashire munitions factory, really brings to life the strong community spirit that defined these diligent and spirited women. Julia is the new girl on the block and comes from a completely different social background to the others who are very quick to judge her to be a snob. But Julia is giving up a lot to be “up North” and it’s a tough job if you aren’t accepted by your peers. But with a wedding on the horizon and an unexpected engagement there’s plenty of drama about to bring the girls together and, with one or two shocks for some of them, they are going to need their friends more than ever!
This really was a joy to read. Following the lives of women who were away from their love ones and families whilst providing a crucial role in our counties history proved to be a totally relaxing pleasure. The difference in priorities for them compared with our modern day lives made me quite reflective as, although it was a time of suffering and losses, the county seemed to come together and focus on the more important things in life. Julia was probably the most interesting character, unable to take up her place at Oxford university as her father forbade it-can you imagine that happening nowadays?! So it was no wonder she arrived miserable and distant. But Maggie was my favourite Bomb Girl and her journey to her dream wedding was full of emotion and hilarity especially when it came to planning the wedding breakfast which involved a secret mission to provide the “piece de resistance”.
Daisy Styles is a natural storyteller who brings together a group of young women from very different backgrounds but who are all completely likeable and relatable. Their work and personal lives are effortlessly blended with the historical facts from the period to create a captivating and touching tale of friendship in difficult circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed becoming involved in their emotionally rewarding and uplifting storyline and look forward to meeting the girls again soon!
The Bomb Girl Brides: Is all really fair in love and war? The gloriously heartwarming, wartime spirit saga (Bomb Girls 4) is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) My review copy came from the publisher.
Meet the author…
Daisy Styles grew up in Lancashire surrounded by a family and community of strong women whose tales she loved to listen to. It was from these women, particularly her vibrant mother and Irish grandmother, that Daisy learned the art of storytelling. There was also the landscape of her childhood – wide, sweeping, empty moors and hills that ran as far as the eye could see – which was a perfect backdrop for a saga, a space big enough and wild enough to stage a drama, one about women’s lives during the Second World War.