Thursday, March 3, 2022

Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane

 Heaven & Hell for the Tabacco Girls

Book Summary

ALL NEW from the Tobacco Girls 
BRISTOL 1943 and life for the Tobacco Girls isn’t getting any easier...

Bridget Milligan has donned a uniform and joined the nursing services where she becomes intrigued with the miracles of modern medicine. She’s also torn between family loyalty, her new career and Lyndon O’Neill, the love of her life. Is it too impossible to hope that everything will come out right in the end?

Phyllis Harvey is still serving in Malta where she sees the casualties of war firsthand. Finally, it seems like Phyllis is blessed with true in love, but fate can sometimes be a rocky road, and nothing is that certain.

Maisie Miles is left holding the home front at the tobacco factory but with the sudden death of her grandmother finds herself once more alone in the world. However, thanks to a substantial inheritance, she is able to extend a helping hand to a friend in desperate need.

There are tears and laughter, goodbyes, and new arrivals along with the hope that new beginnings are not far over the horizon.
Tobacco Factory
My Thoughts

Bridget Milligan, Phyllis Mason Harvey, and Maisie Miles are back.  Phyllis is in Malta where she has fallen in love and believes this man is the one.  Bridget is leaving the tobacco factory and joining the Civil Nursing Auxiliary.  She misses Lyndon who is in the states but trying to find a way to get back to England.  Maisie Miles is the last of the 3Ms left at the tobacco factory.  After having a goodbye party for Bridget, Maisie returns home to find her grandmother dead in the parlor.  Maisie’s inheritance leaves her wondering where she fits in and how to proceed with her life.  Caroline has been promoted to giving tours to visitors at the tobacco factory.  She loves her new job and is working hard to lose her accent plus improve her diction.  Caroline offers to do a good deed and ends up with an unexpected complication.

Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane is the fourth novel in The Tobacco Girls series.  While Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls can be read as a standalone, I believe it is best to read the series in order.  It will allow you to have the complete background on the characters and follow their journey from the beginning of the war.   It is the spring of 1943 in Bristol.  The war has been going on for years and rationing is taking its toll.  I thought Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls was well-written with developed characters.  The characters are realistic and suited the time period.  The author captured the era with the war activities, clothing, rationing, language, and the war news.  Everyone wants to do their bit.  We get to meet a couple of new people who enter the ladies’ lives.  I like how all different races and nationalities are portrayed in this story.  The war allowed our Bristol ladies to meet people from other countries right in their hometown.  Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls is an emotional story.  There is grief, love, joy, anger, and sadness in this dramatic tale.  We get to learn more about the ladies and their families.  Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls is told from multiple points-of-view.  I found it a little difficult in the beginning, but I found it easier as I got further into the story. There is some violence in the story that might be a trigger for some people plus there is bigotry (just to let you know).  The story ends leaving me wondering what will happen next with The Tobacco Girls.  Heaven and Hell for the Tobacco Girls is a dramatic tale with nosy neighbors, tons of tea, fashion rationing, flamboyant flyboys, medical miracles, nimble nuptials, and daring dames.

Malta Garrison 1943
Heaven & Hell for the Tobacco Girls is available from Amazon*.  You can read it for free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member.  The other novels in The Tobacco Girls series are The Tobacco Girls, Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls, and Fire & Fury for the Tobacco Girls.  You can find Lizzie Lane's other books here.  Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review.  If you enjoy novels focused on World War II, you will enjoy The Tobacco Girls series.  Tomorrow I am a stop on the Celebrate Lit Tour for Arms of Freedom by Kathleen Neeley.  I hope that you have a happy day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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