Today it is my pleasure to review The Shop Girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes. Thank you to the author and Bookouture for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
The war is over, but there’s heartbreak ahead…
Liverpool, 1945. As the war draws to a close, Alice and Terry Lomax are building a new life with their young daughter Cathy. After years away fighting, Terry is a stranger to his daughter and must work hard to win her trust and love.
Alice and old friend Sadie work in the haberdashery of Lewis’s department store, where bomb damage scars the walls and rationing is still in force. Yet Lewis’s remains open, a sign of strength in the midst of Liverpool’s post-war ruins.
Though memories of those lost in the war are fresh, Alice and Sadie look forward to the future. But then a tragic accident leaves Alice a widow, and the father of Sadie’s child – a man she hoped never to see again – is back in Liverpool…
With Alice struggling to start again alone, and Sadie desperate to protect her son, can these two shop girls overcome their troubles and keep their hopes alive – even with all the odds against them?
The Shop Girls of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching family saga about the strength of friendship and the costs of war. If you love Nadine Dorries and Kitty Neale, you won’t want to miss Pam Howes!
I was thrilled to read the second book of the Lark Lane Trilogy and find out what happens to Alice Lomax when the war is over and her husband Terry comes home for good.
Of course, there was an addition to the family during the war and now Terry must acquaint himself with daughter Cathy. As for Alice, she has left the munitions factory behind and now works in a department store with her best friend Sadie.
It was interesting to see how the aftermath of the war affected the people of Liverpool. Alice faces even harder struggles but the old friends are there to support as always.
Yet again this book is bursting with camaraderie, strong women and love. The author has a way of drawing you into the pages and not letting go. The book works fine as a standalone but the first book is just as good!
Beautifully written, genuine characters and a powerful message.
I was lucky enough to review The Factory Girls of Lark Lane and you can read this post here.
It comes highly recommended.