Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas with the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell

Christmas with the Shipyard Girls (Shipyard Girls #7)
Good Day!  If you receive a bookstore gift card for Christmas, there are some wonderful new releases on December 31.  They include Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong, Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett, Sealed Off by Barbara Ross, When Love Finds You by Virginia Wise, Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy, Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson and Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda FlowerMoral Compass by Danielle Steel will be out on January 7 along with Thistles and Thieves by Molly MacRae.  Is there a book you are looking forward to obtaining?  To encourage your loved ones to get you Amazon gift cards for Christmas, send them a hint with a link to the Amazon gift card page
Credit: Cecil Beaton /Imperial War Museum  A welder works on the deck of a new ship, Tyneside, 1943
Christmas with the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell takes us back to October of 1942.  The girls all survived the bombings that hit the area, though, Gloria and Martha have minor injuries.  Polly is shocked and relieved when she is notified that her fiancé, Tommy Watts is alive.  Polly rushes to the hospital to be by his side.  She looks forward to Tommy recovering so they can be wed.  Polly does have news to share with him and hopes Tommy will not be too upset with her.  Rosie arrives home to find her sister, Charlotte ensconced in her cottage.  Charlotte left the expensive school that Rosie had installed her in, and she has no intention of returning.  Rosie needs to find out why Charlotte left school as well as keep her from discovering her second job.  Helen is still feeling melancholy after her miscarriage and discovery that her beau was married.  She spends time with the kindly Dr. Parker, but Helen is focusing on breaking the records at the shipyard.  Lily and George are planning something special for Christmas Day.  Gloria is missing Jack, but the girls have not thought of a way to thwart Miriam.  Come along and join the ladies in their latest adventures in Christmas with the Shipyard Girls.
WWII welder ~
 Christmas with the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell is the seventh installment in The Shipyard Girls series.  This book picks up where Courage of the Shipyard Girls ended.  The East End just suffered severe bombing.  Helen stepped up and earned respect from the ladies for her actions.  Polly is thrilled that Tommy is alive and in the local hospital.  The ladies have gone through so much since World War II broke out.  Polly deserves a bit of happiness after being told her fiancé was dead.  Unfortunately, Polly has some news for Tommy, and she is afraid to of his reaction.  The characters in is this series are well developed and realistic.  I always look forward to catching up with them to see how they are faring.  I feel so bad for Gloria who is raising Hope on her own without Jack because of the nasty Miriam.  The Shipyard Girls series is one that needs to be read in order.  Each book builds upon the previous one.  Christmas with the Shipyard Girls focuses on Polly, Rosie and Helen.  However, we do spend time with all the ladies including Kate and Lily.  I thought the story contained good writing and it flowed along steadily.  The author has an engaging writing style that drew me right in.  I stayed up late reading to find out what happened in this book.  There was repetition of details that I felt could have been eliminated (related to the bombing, who was injured, etc.).  Rosie is surprised when she comes home to find her sister, Charlotte.  It seems Charlotte left school and does not wish to return.  Rosie is worried that her sister will discover her second job which is how she paid for Charlotte’s expensive boarding school.  Rosie wants to encourage Charlotte to return to school and enlists Helen’s assistance.  She also needs to find out what drove Charlotte to leave school.  There is a lot going on in Christmas with the Shipyard Girls.  It is a delight to read though the ending is bittersweet.  Christmas with the Shipyard Girls has joy, sadness, frustration, new love and so much more.  I like how the ladies stick together.  They are more than close friends—they are family.  I am eager to read Triumph of the Shipyard Girls.  I really hope that Miriam gets her comeuppance soon.  Christmas with the Shipyard Girls is a charming historical novel that has a happy homecoming, a sibling sticky wicket, wedding wonder, a surprising secret and Christmas cheer.
World War II women workers, 1940s, such beautiful young women #WorldWar2
Christmas with the Shipyard Girls is available here* (Amazon UK).  You can find a complete list of titles in The Shipyard Girls Series hereTriumph of the Shipyard Girls will be out on March 19, 2020.  I am eager to read it as I sense that Bel's true parentage is about to be revealed to Helen.  This should be interesting (and explosive).  Tomorrow I am sharing my review of The Amish Wedding Promise by Laura V. Hilton.  It is the first novel in the Hidden Springs series.  I hope that you have an amiable day.  I am off to bake cookies.  I discovered all the different variety of chips available.  My mother has been coming up with different combinations she wants me to bake for her.  I am not sure how chocolate chip, peanut butter chip and white chocolate chips will work together.  We shall see.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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