Courage for the Home Front Girls

Susanna Bavin

Manchester, 1940. The Blitz is threatening to destroy everything they love. These girls will never stop trying to help their country – and each other. But will it be enough when disaster looms?

By day, Betty works cheerfully with her best friend Sally, now the manager of the salvage depot. By night, they both do their bit for the war effort as Auxiliary Fire Service girls. But Betty wishes she could do more.

So when Samuel, a kind and gentle young bookseller, needs help sorting out novels to entertain the boys overseas, Betty volunteers. Anything for the troops! There might be a flashy, handsome stranger who keeps seeking her out at the depot, but she can’t help enjoying Samuel’s quiet humour as they work together during the blackouts.

But when the worst night-time air raid they’ve ever seen strikes, Sally’s home is destroyed. Even worse, any of Sally’s treasured possessions that did survive the blast are stolen by looters. Desperate to help her friend, Betty could never have expected the guilt when she uncovers what really happened… Was it all her fault?

Despite Samuel’s best efforts, Betty can’t forgive herself. Determined to set things right, Betty sets off to catch the thief, leaving Samuel in the dark. And then the sirens begin, warning of another bombing raid. Can Betty find the strength to finish what she started, despite the threat to everything she holds dear? Or will the smoke clear on heartbreak for the home front girls?

An utterly gripping and heart-wrenching saga that will transport readers back in time. With a guaranteed happy ending, this is perfect for fans of Fenella J Miller, Rosie Clarke and Nadine Dorries.

What readers are saying about The Home Front Girls series:

‘This book is so so good I just could not put this down. Full of family, friendship and companionship, that will pull at all your heartstrings.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A ‘couldn’t put it down‘ title!…’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a lovely read… People will love this book and I can’t wait for Susanna’s next book. 5*.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This heart-warming story tells of how these young women put their differences aside for the sake of the war effort – and more… every page [is] rich in historical detail… immersive and completely believable.’ @JaneCable, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely loved… this book. I felt truly invested in [the characters’] stories and I can’t wait to read the next one.’ @stuck_in_the_book_loop, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘If you need cheering up and some unashamed escapism, this is perfect! This author is the queen of uplifting, feel good romance! Buy it…’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I loved Sally’s character, she was strong and brave and courageous… fantastic.’ @pagesofachilles

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