Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Christmas with the Bobby Girls by Johanna Bell

Christmas with the Bobby Girls 

Book Summary

In the midst of war, can they find a reason to celebrate?

1915. Patrolling is the last thing on the minds of Women's Police Service recruits Annie, Maggie and Poppy right now, because Annie and her fiancé Richard are about to get married. She's been waiting for this day her whole life, but when it finally comes it brings only heartache and Annie doesn't know if she can go on.

The influx of soldiers to the capital means that the WPS's work is more important than ever, though, and Annie's country needs her. She and the girls are posted to the bustling heart of the city and she hopes the new job will distract her from her sorrow.

It certainly does that. Soon the biggest bombing raid of the war causes chaos on their patch. On top of that, Annie suspects that a group of men are forcing European refugees into prostitution and resolves to stop them by Christmas. But by the time she realizes just how high up the scandal goes, she might be in too deep to get out . . .

My Thoughts

Christmas with the Bobby Girls by Johanna Bell is the third novel in The Bobby Girls.  I recommend reading this historical series in order.  It will allow you to get to know the characters.  I have enjoyed getting to know Maggie Smyth, Poppy David, and Annie Beckett.  Christmas with the Bobby Girls focuses on Annie.  She is finishing her wedding preparations.  Annie cannot wait to become Richard’s wife.  Annie’s world shatters when she receives devastating news.  She crawls into her childhood bed and stays there.  It takes a special visitor to get Annie back into the world and patrolling the streets with her friends.  Annie spots a figure from the past while walking the beat with Maggie and Poppy.  She becomes determined to investigate the person so she can put an end to their corruption.  It is a risky case which excites Annie.  She does not want her best friends to know what she is doing, which results in a few white lies.  Will Annie be able to catch her quarry?  

I thought Christmas with the Bobby Girls was well-written with great characters.  It is great catching up with Maggie, Annie, and Poppy.  They have a strong friendship.  War is still raging on in 1915.  Bombs are being dropped on London and wounded soldiers are returning home for treatment.  As Christmas approaches, Londoners are determined to make it a jolly occasion.  The author creates a rich atmosphere.  She gives us just the right amount of detail.  I thought she captured the time period very well.  There is quite a bit going on in this story which I liked.  I have enjoyed getting to know more about the WPS.  These women were brave.  They worked hard with little gratification.  The men on the force did not want them nor did they feel they were needed.  The ladies worked hard to prove themselves.  I do not know how they withstood the uniforms in the heat. There is actually very little Christmas in this story.  I would have liked a little more of that element.  Christmas with the Bobby Girls is a tale that will have you quickly turning the page to see how the story turns out.  I am looking forward to the next book in The Bobby Girls seriesChristmas with the Bobby Girls is a compelling story with bursting bombs, a final fitting, painful news, agonizing grief, an intense investigation, firm friends, and a cheery Christmas.  

Christmas with the Bobby Girls is available from Amazon*.  You can find the first two books in The Bobby Girls series here.  You can follow Johanna Bell on Amazon so you can receive updates on her latest book releases.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  This is my last post until January 3, 2022 when I will share an excerpt from Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams.  I hope that each of you have a very Merry Christmas and that you receive many wonderful new books from Santa. My mother always made sure we had at least one book under the tree.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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