The Factory Girls of Lark Lane
Today, I am so happy to be featured on the blog tour for The Factory Girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes. Thank you to Kim at Bookouture for inviting me to take part. I hope you love the book as much as I do.
Here, is the synopsis for the book.
The struggles of war will build the strongest of friendships…
1940, Liverpool: Best friends Alice Turner and Millie Markham work for the war effort at Rootes munitions factory, making shell caps and Halifax bombers. Alice’s sweetheart Terry is home from the front for a brief period of leave, and the women are excitedly planning a whirlwind wedding.
But the honeymoon is soon over, and the ever-present air raid sirens quickly bring Alice back down to earth. A terrible explosion at the factory leads to a tragic death, and a loved one is announced missing in action, it’s only their friendship and the support of the other factory girls which help to keep Alice and Millie’s spirits up.
As the war stretches on with no sign of an ending, can Alice and Millie help one another make it through – and find happiness even in the darkest of times?
The Factory Girls of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching family saga about women in World War 2, the strength of friendship, and hope. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes!
This is the first book I have read by Pam Howes and I absolutely loved it!
I have to admit I got so carried away with the story that I completely forgot I was supposed to be writing a review on it, that’s a first for me!
The book is set in 1940s, Liverpool, whilst the men are away fighting for their country. However, the women roll their sleeves up and do what is needed to care for their families.
I love a book that features strong women and the female characters were just that. Alice has married her sweetheart Terry whilst he is on a forty-eight-hour pass from the army. She pays the bills by working in a munitions factory, making parts for Halifax Bombers. In addition to loved ones being sent away, food is rationed and the air raids come often.
However, Alice can always rely on best friend Millie to be by her side through good times and bad. The story is about resilience, strength, and companionship. It grips you from the first page and transports you to a time of unimaginable hardship. Alice and Millie become real, no longer characters in a book. You feel their fear, their heartbreak, and their happiness.
In short, The Factory Girls of Lark Lane comes highly recommended to lovers of wartime sagas. Have your tissues ready!
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for supplying me with a copy of the book.
Also by Pam Howes
Here is my review for the second book in this Lark Lane Trilogy
ABOUT PAM HOWES
Pam is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.
The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.