Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Duty Calls at Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller

 Duty Calls at Goodwill House
Book Summary

July 1940

With Hitler’s bombs getting closer, WAAF Diane Forsyth is determined to face the oncoming danger and do her duty to support the brave RAF pilots who risk their lives as they take to the skies.
And there’s one pilot in particular Di hopes remains safe - Squadron Leader Freddie Hanover. But with a romance between them growing, Di and Freddie know their duty must always come first. How can they dream of a future together whilst this terrible war continues?

Lady Joanna Harcourt understands Di’s vow of duty – she’s taken one herself. But Joanna also knows that life is terribly precious and that one must make the most of every single day…before it’s too late.
My Thoughts

Duty Calls at Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller is an engaging historical novel.  It is the third book in the Goodwill House series.  I recommend reading this delightful series in order as it will allow you to get to know the characters (and follow them from the beginning).  I like Fenella J. Miller’s writing style.  I was drawn into the story and just wanted to keep reading.  It is like visiting with old friends.  I love Joanna and the gang at Goodwill House.  Joanna has come a long way since the beginning.  She is a woman with a big heart.  It is great seeing Liza and Joe blossom.  Elizabeth still likes some things done a certain way, but she is becoming less formal and more congenial.  We get to catch up with Millie, Ted, Di, and Freddie as well. I find the characters to be realistic and relatable.  The author captures what the war was like for civilians, WAAF, and RAF.  

The members of Goodwill House and the local village live near an airbase.  They can hear the planes coming and going.  Unfortunately, it means the airbase is a target which means frequent air raid warnings.  It is an emotional novel.  We see what it is like to worry about a loved one who is in the air battling the Germans.  You never knew if an RAF pilot would make it back to base.  Measles hits the village affecting adults and children.  Joanna and Elizabeth are worried about paying off the debt to the bank.  The new Lord Harcourt is up to no good and the ladies are worried he will try to take Goodwill House.  I like that we get to see what the day-to-day life was like for the characters.  It must have been difficult trying to cloth and feed a family with rationing.      With the war ongoing, it will be a while before things are tickety boo.  I am eager for the next installment of Goodwill House.  Duty Calls at Goodwill House is a gas with air raids, a measles epidemic, exploding eggs, pilots on a toot, a kite plight, cab happy WAAF, a cozy cottage, bank bothers, and war rationing.

Duty Calls at Goodwill House comes out Tuesday, July 26 and it is available for preorder from Amazon*.  The first two books in the Goodwill House series are The War Girls of Goodwill House and New Recruits at Goodwill House.  Both of those books can be borrowed for free is you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.  You can find Fenella J. Miller's other novels here.  Thank you for dropping by today.  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on Mint Chocolate Murder by Meri Allen.  It is the second book in An Ice Cream Shop Mysteries.  I hope that you have a jolly good day.  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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