When should you trust your heart? It's 1942 when Cassie Taylor reluctantly leaves Birmingham to become a land girl on a farm in Dorset.
There she meets Robert and Stephen Denham, twins recovering from injuries sustained at Dunkirk.
Cassie is instantly drawn to Stephen, but is wary of the more complex Robert - who doesn't seem to like Cassie one little bit. At first, Robert wants to sack the inexperienced city girl.
But Cassie soon learns, and Robert comes to admire her courage, finding himself deeply attracted to Cassie.
Just as their romance blossoms, he's called back into active service. Anxious to have adventures herself, Cassie joins the ATS.
In Egypt, she meets up with Robert, and they become engaged. However, war separates them again as Robert is sent to Italy and Cassie back to the UK.
Robert is reported missing, presumed dead. Stephen wants to take Robert's place in Cassie's heart.
But will Cassie stay true to the memory of her first love, and will Robert come home again?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 286 pages
- Publisher: Choc Lit
- Publication Date: 10/05/2012
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9781906931773
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Review by CommutingBookWorm
The Penny Bangle by Margaret James Its 1942 and the war is on. Cassie is a skinny young women who's Gran is worried about her being in Birmingham with all of the air raids. Cassie is persuaded to go down to a farm in Dorset and become a Land girl. She meets Francis and the twins Steven & Robert. Steve is funny, friendly and happy to teach Cassie in what she needs to do, Robert just thinks she’s too skinny, week and a city work shy runt to be of any use when he and his brother have to return to active service. Things change, Cassie falls for Roberts charm, but soon gets bored of being a land girl. Her and Frances decide to join up together into the ATS. The result is that Cassie becomes strong, confident but still very much in love with Robert. They are both stationed in North Africa and get time together where he proposes marriage. With Africa won, Cassie gets sent back to Blighty and Robert goes on to Italy, where he goes missing in action and is believed to be dead. Mean while back in Blighty Steven is there and has fallen for Cassie. But he struggles with the fact he can not return to active service but instead is behind a desk in London. The Penny Bangle is the third book in a trilogy (The Silver Locket (1) and The Golden Chain (2)) However, even though I have not read the 1st two I still was able to follow the story lines and this delightfully written book has inspired me to go back and read the 1st two. Robert Denham who Cassie loves, is somewhat like a Yorkie bar, he is solid, dependable and it would take a lot to break him. Steven, however reminds me of a Kit Kat caramel because even he’s not sure of who or what he is. The Penny Bangle is everything that you would expect from Choc Lit publications. It does not disappoint and exceeds all expectations. The Commuting Bookworm 31/05/12