London Belles is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war.
Finding freedom and independence - as well as love, passion and heartbreak - for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain.
Four lives. One war that will change them all. When tragedy strikes, Olive is forced to seek lodgers.
Three girls come knocking at her door, each in need of a roof over their heads.
Sally has left Liverpool to work as a nurse in London and when she arrives she is a shell of her former self.
Where once stood a vivacious, sociable girl, now stands one plagued by homesickness and a betrayal that is devastatingly fresh in her mind.
Dulcie is living the high life in the West End, a world away from her home in Stepney.
Working at Selfridges gives her access to the most fashionable clothes and makeup, but at home she is the black sheep of the family; always second to her sister.
So she decides it's time to make a bid for freedom. Agnes grew up in an orphanage, having been left on the steps as a new-born baby.
But with war looming, and the orphanage relocating to the country, she must now seek out a job and lodgings. But with change comes exciting new opportunities, worlds away from the life she's known...As the women prepare for war, all of their futures hang in the balance.
Soon their lives will change irrevocably and the home that binds the London Belles is no longer the sanctuary they once sought.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 31/03/2011
- Category: Sagas
- ISBN: 9780007361502
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Review by Corazie
One of my favourite guilty-pleasure authors has done it again. I love this book, I love the characters. A perfect read for those looking for something gentle yet emotional.
Review by etxgardener
One of my guilty pleasures is the World War II homefront genre fiction that is popular in the UK. This book, the first in a series is about four young women living on a street in the east end of London at the beginning of World War II. Sally is a nurse at St. Bartholomew's hospital, Dulcie is a shop assistant sat Selfridge's, Agnes works on the Underground and Tilly works in a social worker capacity. They all live with Tilly's mother, Olive, in her house and come to find love as the war devastates the city.This book is not going to win any literary prizes, but like I said, these books are my guilty pleasures like popcorn at the movies.