Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls written by Lizzie Lane, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.
As war rages, everyone has to do their bit…
As the clouds of war grow bleaker both at home and abroad, the Tobacco Girls are determined to do their bit for King and Country. To that end Maisie Miles and Bridget Milligan become voluntary ambulance drivers.
As well as coping with the frequent air raids, Maisie is kept on her toes with three new junior employees one of whom is particularly testing.
Bridget’s heart becomes torn between family loyalty and American tobacco tycoon Lyndon O’Neill III, the man she loves.
Meanwhile Phyllis Harvey has joined the WAAF, opting to serve overseas whilst trying to escape her past. Her letters home are upbeat and her friends are initially envious of descriptions of sunshine and blue sea. The truth she hides is that life on the island of Malta is fraught with extreme food shortages, daily air raids and the fear that tomorrow might never come.
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This is my first introduction to the work of Lizzie Lane and I had contemplated purchasing and reading the first two books in the series prior to reading this but then I thought no I’m going to review with fresh eyes and treat this just as it was and experience the author’s words as a complete newcomer.
Even though this is book 3 in the series I didn’t feel lost at all as the author instantly made me feel welcomed by the characters and the time and place felt very relevant to the era. I did have to smile to my face when opening the book as the first chapter starts on my birthdate, a mere 27 years prior to my birth. It made me think of how much life has changed for us all since 1941 but especially the role of a woman.
Who are the Tobacco Girls? They are 3 young women who found friendship whilst working at the tobacco factory in Bristol at the start of WWII. Bridget and Maisie still work at the factory but Phyliss has signed up and joined the WAAF following so many personal events in her life which have left her shattered and in need for a complete change. Bridget and Maisie as well as working at the factory also volunteer as first aiders helping with the war effort.
This third instalment in the WWII saga follows the girls coping with their work, volunteer and personal life balance. There is a real sense of camaraderie within the factory and with all the volunteers as they tirelessly help those in need during the darker days and nights of the war. The grit and determination in these young women shines through but at times as war shows it’s ugly side the cracks in the girls emotions show.
The story takes us from the streets of Bristol to the shores of the Mediterranean as Phyliss sees a different side to life within a warzone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this saga it was such a captivating read making me feel like history was brought to life with the author’s words. I was gutted when I got to the end as it leaves the reader with so many concerns about the future for many. I am pleased to learn that The Tobacco Girls is a six book series so I have 3 more instalments to read which makes me so happy as I thought I had started at the end of a trilogy but in fact I’d started near the middle!
Author Bio – Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls.
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