The first of the Liverpool Pearl Street novels set against the backdrop of the Second World War. As Britain stands alone against a monstrous enemy, the inhabitants of Pearl Street face hardship and heartbreak with courage and humour.
The war touches each of them in a different way: for Annie Poulson, a widow, it means never-ending worry when her twin boys are called up and sent to France; Sheila Reilly's husband, Cal, faces the terror of U-Boat attacks; Eileen Costello is liberated from a bitter, loveless marriage when her husband is sent to Egypt and she goes to work in a munitions factory - and falls in love. And Jessica Fleming, down on her luck, is forced to return to the street she'd hoped never to see again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 05/08/1996
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9780752804026
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Review by DeltaQueen50
This story is about a neighbourhood in Liverpool facing the hardships and heartbreak of World War II. Pearl Street is in a lower income area and has plenty to fear as it is situated close to the Liverpool docks which were a primary bombing target.We follow the individual stories of some of the women of Pearl Street as they have to face shipping their children away for safety, seeing their husbands off to sea all the while thinking of U-boat attacks, and their never-ending worry about the sons who have been called up and shipped overseas.They have to deal with the introduction of rationing, the early days of black out and tackling factory jobs when all they have been trained for is homemaking. We see the backbone of these people, their refusal to be beaten down and the humor they use to stay grounded. The friendship and support they share with each other allows them to stand united during these dark times. Through all of this we see personal lives go on, relationships form, romances start, marriages fall apart, births and deaths.Maureen Lee is an author that I admire. She is able to bring these times to life and I feel as if I know these women even though, in truth, they belonged to a difference generation . Lights Out Liverpool is a great introduction to this series and I am looking forward to the next two books.