Monday, January 17, 2022

The War Girls of Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller

 The War Girls of Goodwill House

About the Book

Lady Joanna Harcourt and her daughter Sarah discover their life of luxury at Goodwill House is over. Because with Lord Harcourt away fighting, the Harcourt girls are facing financial ruin.

Lady Joanna is terrified of losing their home, but for Sarah, this means her dreams of becoming a doctor are over. Headstrong Sarah isn’t one to quit! War or not, she’s determined to find a way to save her home and follow her dreams– whatever it takes!

Dashing RAF officer Angus Trent might just save the day. The new RAF base at Marston will soon be full of young women all hoping to serve their country, and Goodwill House will make the perfect home for them. But can Sarah convince Lady Joanna to agree to her plan?

Angus has never met a woman quite like Sarah – courageous, brave, unwavering. She has a huge task ahead of her, but if anyone can do it, his war girl can.

About the Author

Fenella J. Miller is the bestselling writer of eighteen historical sagas. She also has a passion for Regency romantic adventures and has published over fifty to great acclaim. Her father was a Yorkshireman and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She lives in a small village in Essex with her British Shorthair cat.

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My Thoughts

The War Girls of Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller is an engaging historical novel.  I started reading this story and I was quickly engrossed.  We travel to Goodwill House in Stodham, Kent, England in January of 1940.  It is bitterly cold inside the large and drafty Goodwill House.  Lady Joanna Harcourt and her daughter, Sarah are on their own with Lord David Harcourt away fighting in France.  David only left Joanna with postal orders to handle the household finances since he was sure the war would be over in a few months.  When Sarah answers a call from Flight Lieutenant Angus Trent asking if they could house some incoming WAAFs, she quickly agrees.  This is the solution to their problem.  The pay for boarding the WAAFs will give them some much needed income.  When Sarah first meets Angus, she is put off by his attitude.  But after a couple of encounters, Sarah finds herself looking forward to spending time with the pilot.  What does the future hold for Joanna, Sarah, and Angus?  I enjoyed reading The War Girls of Goodwill House.  It is well-written with developed, realistic characters.  I liked Sarah who is seventeen and very grown up for her age.  For the first time, Joanna and Sarah are out from under the overbearing and smothering thumb of David.  With a lack of funds, they need to find a way to earn money.  They have a large drafty house (colder inside than outside) and an RAF base nearby.  It was the perfect arrangement to take in boarders.  Joanna was having to learn a whole new set of skills so she could help manage the house.  Sarah is a capable young lady who wants to become a doctor.  She was accepted at Oxford, but it looks like that will not be possible without the proper funds.  Sarah is a resourceful woman who works to find a way to achieve her objectives.  I enjoyed the authors descriptions of the area, the base, and Goodwill House.  I could envision the places from the author’s word imagery, and I could feel the cold conditions the characters were experiencing.  I thought the author captured the time period.  The War Girls of Goodwill House is a spiffy novel.  I was sorry when I reached the end of the book.  I cannot wait to return to Goodwill House in the next book.  The War Girls of Goodwill House is a captivating tale with a plucky pilot, a deficiency of funds, a polar parlor, helpful houseguests, biting blizzards, a crashed car, and a prospective physician.  

The War Girls of Goodwill House is available from Amazon*.  The next novel in Goodwill House series is New Recruits at Goodwill House which publishes April 7.  You can find Fenella J. Miller's other novels here.  Many of her novels are available with Kindle Unlimited.  Thank you for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am featuring The Daughters of Victory Street by Pam Howes.  It is the 4th novel in The Bryant Sisters series.  I do hope that you have cheerful day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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