Thursday, September 21, 2017

Secrets of the Shipyard Girls: The Shipyard Girls

Hello!  The West Woods by Suzy Vadori is the second book in The Fountain series.  It is a young adult paranormal story and it publishes on September 22. Wagging through the Snow by Laurien Berenson is the latest A Melanie Travis Mystery book.  It is a delightful Christmas tale and will be released on September 26. 

Secrets of the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell is the third novel in The Shipyard Girls series.  We return to 1941 in Sunderland (England) where the ladies are continuing their welding work at J.L. Thompson & Sons Shipyard despite Helen Crawford’s attempts to break up their group.  Gloria just loves her little girl, Hope but she is worried about Jack.  It has been three weeks since his ship went down off the coast of Ireland.  Dorothy loves her role as godmother to Hope and presses Gloria to have her christened.  Rosie is busy with working in the shipyard during the day and at the brothel, where she is a co-owner, at night.  She has stopped seeing DS Peter Miller, a local constable, but Rosie misses him.  But she knows it is for the best.  Kate O’Donnell is opening up her own dress shop.  She has come a long way since her days on the streets thanks to Lily and Rosie.  Bel and Joe Elliot are in love and ready to move forward with their lives.  Pearl, Bel’s mum, is up to her usual antics, but her past is about to come back to haunt her.  Pick up a copy of Secrets of the Shipyard Girls to find out how things turn out for ladies along with their family and friends.

Secrets of the Shipyard Girls is well-written and a delight to read.  It has a good pace and I was fully engaged in the story.  It contains wonderful, endearing characters.  We get to see what life was like in England during World War II for women in Sunderland.  I love the diverse set of characters in this series.  I do recommend reading the books in the series in order (otherwise, you will be lost).  Secrets of the Shipyard Girls shows the enduring power of friendship and that families come in all forms.  My rating for Secrets of the Shipyard Girls is 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it).  I read this book while Hurricane Irma was blowing through my area, and it definitely took my mind off the storm (imagine it is dark, raining, and heavy winds).  I cannot wait to read Shipyard Girls in Love when it is released in March.  The first two books in the series are The Shipyard Girls and Shipyard Girls at War.

Minotaur is running a sweepstakes regarding Beach, Breeze and Bloodshed by John Keyse-Walker. To enter you need to take a photo of the book and post on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with the hashtag #BeachBreezeBloodshed. Winners will get a $75 gift certificate to the bookseller of their choice (see picture below with details).   Good luck to all who enter.  I will be featuring The West Woods by Suzy Vadori on September 22.  Have a great day, take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader   


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