Monday, July 25, 2022

Welcome to Weaver Street by Chrissie Walsh

 Welcome to Weaver Street
Book Summary

Kitty and Tom Conlon arrive in Liverpool in July 1916 to claim the house Tom’s great-uncle has bequeathed him in his will. The move to England couldn’t have come at a better time. Dublin is in turmoil following the Easter Uprising and Kitty’s brother is now in prison.

The house in Weaver Street is all they hoped for, and after a shaky start with her new neighbors, Kitty believes the world is her oyster. Until that is, Tom is conscripted into the navy.

With Tom away, it’s up to Kitty and the women of Weaver Street to get each other through the war.
About the Author

Chrissie Walsh was born and raised in West Yorkshire and is a retired schoolteacher with a passion for history. She has written several successful sagas documenting feisty women in challenging times for Aria. Welcome to Weaver Street, the first title in her new WW1 saga series for Boldwood.

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My Thoughts

Welcome to Weaver Street by Chrissie Walsh is an engaging historical novel.  We are taken back to 1916 in Liverpool when Kitty and Tom Conlon arrive from Dublin.  Tom inherited a home on Weaver Street from his great-uncle Thomas Conlan. It is an opportunity for free rent and to get away from the fighting in Ireland.  Kitty gets off to a rough start on Weaver Street.  Kitty’s kindness soon reaps rewards.  She will need her new friends for what lies ahead.   Tom is conscripted into the navy which leaves Kitty alone.  The people of Weaver Street are there for each other as the war trudges on in Europe.  I thought Welcome to Weaver Street was well-written with realistic main characters.  I liked Kitty Conlon who is a gregarious, caring woman.  She has such a big heart.  Kitty is also generous.  I liked seeing Kitty grow as time passed.  Tom cares about making money.  He wants to rise above his upbringing.  Tom fancies becoming a rich toff.  He opens a bookmaking business at the local pub.  Tom believes manual work is beneath him.  Maggie, Kitty’s neighbor, does not make the best first impression.  Over time, though, she becomes a good friend.  Maggie provided some laugh out loud moments.  I liked seeing shy Beth come out of her shell thanks to Kitty’s encouragement. 

There are good people that live on Weaver Street.  I enjoyed getting to know most of them (there is always a bad penny).  I like how the neighbors were there for each other during the good and the bad.  The people that lived on Weaver Street were like one big family.  We follow the characters as they get through the war and endure the Spanish influenza.  I thought Welcome to Weaver Street was an emotional novel.  There are marriages, deaths, births, war injuries, domestic abuse, and much more.  We get a realistic view of what life was like during this time period.  I liked that you could stop by Kitty’s home and talk over your problems over a good cup of tea.  There are some sections that are a little slower than others, but that does not detract from the story.  Welcome to Weaver Street is my favorite book by this author.  I enjoyed reading this charming historical novel.  I look forward to my next visit to Weaver Street.  Welcome to Weaver Street is a fetching tale with an inherited home, a waging war, a cute café, kind neighbors, bookie bets, undesired conscription, a pregnancy problem, and a good natter over a cup of tea. 

Welcome to Weaver Street is available from Amazon*.  If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can read Welcome to Weaver Street for free.  You can find Chrissie Walsh's other historical novels here.  Thank you for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am featuring The Paper Caper by Kate Carlisle.  It is the 16th A Bibliophile Mystery.  I hope that you have joyful day.  Take care, stay cool (so very hot and humid outside), and Happy Reading!


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 Welcome to Weaver Street

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