The third novel in bestseller Maureen Lee's outstanding Liverpool sequence about family life during World War II Two years of war have taken a terrible toll on Pearl Street, Liverpool.
German bombs have reduced some houses to rubble and most of the inhabitants have lost friends and family.
While sisters Eileen and Sheila share the anxious burden of absent husbands, the conflict for others brings excitement and freedom. Kitty Quigley, stuck at home for years with an invalid father, is forced to register for war work and is delighted to become an auxiliary nurse. And Jessica Fleming, struggling to earn a living, finds herself and friend Rita increasingly drawn to the glamour and excitement of the Yanks.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 17/08/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752816289
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Review by DeltaQueen50
In this, the third volume of Maureen Lee’s trilogy about Liverpool during World War II, we find things a little quieter. The horrendous bombing blitz that Liverpool had suffered through seems to be over, the Americans have entered the war, and Hitler has turned his attention to Russia. Of course the wives of Pearl Street are still anxious about the safety of their loved ones, whether they are serving in the Air Force, Army or Merchant Marine.In these last years of the war, the daily grind of making ends meet and trying to put a substantial meal on the table is grower harder as shortages become commonplace. Of course the cost of shipping and men’s lives to bring supplies into Britain is tremendous. The Americans arrive in Britain, and the phrase “Overpaid, Overfed and Over Here” was often heard. The American service men were lonely, but there were a few who conveniently forget wives and children left behind in America, causing heartbreak and despair.But slowly the tide is turning and the end of this long war can been seen approaching. As the book ends the women of Pearl Street are already looking forward to whatever the future will bring.Through the Storm was a great ending to this excellent Trilogy