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Girls on the Home Front Factory Girls #1Meanwhile the women working at the factory turn yellow due to working with TNT meaning that their supposedly secret work is obvious to everybody They are also covered in painful itchy rashes and the long intense hours leave them exhausted to the point of collapse Annie Clarke certainly leaves her readers in no doubt of just how difficult the work of these courageous stoic men and women was It s far from all doom and gloom though and the camaraderie of the community and in particular the joy and strength the women gain from singing together ensures there are some lighter moments throughout to balance the daily worries and the times of greater anguishGirls on the Home Front is a fabulous series opener and does exactly what a first book should to leave readers desperate for In my opinion the story this time belongs to Fran who is a wonderful character and I loved seeing how she responds to the challenges she faces here Sarah Beth Stan and Davey also have their own moments under the spotlight and I m looking forward to seeing how they continue to come to terms with the unexpected changes to their hopes dreams and expectations Not all the characters leave such a good impression though and this review wouldn t be complete without a word about Ralph son of the pit owner whose long borne grudge makes him the scourge of the gang of friends It s still not entirely clear just what his motives are but I fear the worst and even in this book there are plenty of scenes which left me desperate for his comeuppance Massingham the pit and the factory are all brought evocatively to life and are as important to the fabric of the novel as the people whose stories are told hereI now I m invested in a series when it makes me experience a range of emotions and Girls on the Home Front did exactly that I cheered laughed held my breath and wept alongside Fran her family and friends If you love sagas then I heartily recommend the Factory Girls and I can t wait to read the next book Heroes on the Home Front to discover what lies in store for characters who I have already grown to care about Fran I loved reading about Fran and Sarah and Beth and and there families why has it taken me so long to read it cant wait to start book 2 5 STARS Factory girlsThe first book set in Massingham colliery village 1941 WW2 Frances Hall Fran the main character lives with her family in Langton Street Working in the munition factory all have to do their bit for the war effects Fran only has eyes for Davey Bedley a Pit man as her mam says seventeen is far to young to go courting loving the humour in this book enjoyed every bit as a north east lass myself I was drawn right into the story Davey goes to work in Bletchley Park that I was so lucky to go to visit last year so now a bit about what the place is really like The factory girls Fran Sarah and Beth all marrers together I bliddy loved the whole book and looking forward to reading Girls on the Home Front is the first is a new series from Annie Clarke and it follows the ups and downs of a group of young women and their families during the war years The women live in the village of Massingham the focal point of which is the pit which sustains many a family although with this job it brings plenty of danger and worry on a daily basis Now that war has broken out the women step into new roles they would never have thought possible pre war Fran Sarah and Betty "Begin Secret War Work At "secret war work at factory they are taken to by bus each day But the results of this work are clear for all their families and the villagers to see so it is not so secret even though if anyone speaks of it there will be grave conseuencesThe story follows the group as they become accustomed to this new way of life working long shifts in the factory We also get a very detailed insight into the lives of the men who work in the pit In many of the previous war time family saga books that I have read the men only ever briefly feature as they are away fighting so it was different and refreshing to see that they played a prominent role in this book The war although ever present in the hearts and minds of the villagers as it has an impact on their daily lives didn t have a prominent role to play so

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focus was how the women coped in the factory and the men in the minesFran had been a typist in an office but with her family situation at home changing and women needed to work in the factory she steps out of her comfort zone and into the fire alongside her friends Betty and Sarah I thought all three of the girls alongside the numerous friends they make at the factory were very brave and deserved nothing but admiration With the coming of war the roles of women had to change and it was evident they had to step out of their comfort zone Of course they were nervous at the work they were undertaking but I thought the bonds they formed and the support they showed each other would hopefully be enough to see them weather any storms that came their way They new the work they were doing was all part of the process to help the many soldiers fighting to survive and to crush the enemy The majority of the characters had nown each other since childhood and were well accustomed to the men leaving for work each day and the worry that ensued in case an accident occurred in the mines but they always drew strength from the worry that ensued in case an accident occurred in the mines but they always drew strength from other and this shone through at every available opportunity throughout the book Fran s relationship with Davey who is obsessed with crosswords and setting them and who is also the brother of Sarah felt very real and genuine but it is the son of the pit owner Ralph who tries to put a span. Ham the beloved pit village she has always called homeBut with war taking so many men to the front line the opening of a new factory in the north east of England presents an opportunity for Fran to forge a new pathAgainst her father’s wishes

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Ner in the works between the pairRalph was a character I just abhorred He came from the upper echelons of society and viewed himself as above everyone else especially those common folk who worked in the pits So god nows why he felt the need to join the men underground If he saw it as presenting himself in a different light well he was wrong as a leopard never changes his spots Ralph was cruel and devious and there was always an underlying tension when he was around He loved to throw his weight around and his intentions never appeared to be genuine I always felt there are ulterior motives at work here I just hoped the rest of the gang both male and female would be able to see through his wicked ways and expose him for the cad and the fraud he so clearly was I hated observing what was going on overall and even so that Fran and co couldn t see it or weren t fully clued up to all the goings on There was a fine line to thread but I did hope it would go in the direction I so desperately wished it tooThere was lots of nice observations of the daily lives of everyone and after awhile I could see connections emerging between certain characters and I could see what direction story lines were going to go much further down the line but for the a good part of the book I felt there was a lack of excitement that could have propelled the book to a higher level and made it truly memorableThe various little subplots were enjoyable enough to read of but none truly caught my imagination and had me gripped Truthfully it took me uite some time to get into this story and that was for several reasons I found the language spoken by the characters took some getting used to I understand the author wanted to make the book authentic and stick to the roots of the mining villages but I found the dialect difficult to understand at times I thought it slowed down my pace of reading and engagement with the story as I found myself having to reread sentences than once in order to comprehend everything and to make sure I wasn t missing out on any ey informationThere was no uestion that detailed and extensive research was undertaken prior to writing this book but perhaps there was just too much terminology surrounding the mines and the work the men did and the various sections within the mine and the euipment used I would have loved to have had a glossary of terms associated with mining and the extraction of coal to refer back and forth to It would have deepened my understanding and perhaps my understanding of the conversations would have occurred uickly and I may have found the flow of the story easier I wouldn t have had to stop reading and go and look things up I just felt at times the story slightly strayed into a history text book when it came to mining and it lost track of the message and themes it was trying to conveyReeling things back a little bit with regard to this aspect would have helped yet saying that I didn t feel the same way when it came to describing the dangerous work undertaken by the girls as it was brief and to the point and the reader could easily see how important "what they were doing was The book only picked up for me around the three uarter mark as "they were doing was The book only picked up for me around the three uarter mark as then I found the pace to be very slow As it is the first book in a planned series I realise there was a lot of introductions to be made setting the there was a lot of introductions to be made setting the and establishing various story lines but it just dragged a bit too much before I finally began to see things coming together and then plenty of things were left hanging to ensure the reader would return for book two Girls on the Home Front was a different take on the war time family saga books that I have become accustomed to Despite the slow start the readers patience will be rewarded as you do become invested in the goings on of each of the characters as their lives prove to be interesting and definitely testing both because of the war and the work they are engaging in But also as there seems to be goings on outside of their control as they can t pin anything on anybody I m interested to see what will unfold in the next book Heroes on the Home Front which will be published in September this year There are certainly plenty of cliffhangers that need resolution and I d say a few skeletons to emerge from the closet too Overall this was an average read to begin with but as the story and characters developed it became much better and I am glad I preserved with i Annie Clarke Author of Girls on the Home Front has written an intriguing emotional and intense novel The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction The story takes place in England around 1941 during World War Two and goes takes place in England around 1941 during World War Two and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story The author describes the characters as neighbors and friends who grow up together in the small village in EnglandThree of the young women who have been friends for years get work at what is called the factory It would be treason to discuss the work that the people that work there do It is not only physically dangerous but emotionally draining The difficult and dangerous a task the money the workers get The young wome A Fantastic book i have loved reading of the Factory Girls and their familiesFranSarah and Beth have joined the fight to win the wartheir men are either fighting or working in Massingham s pitLiving in a pit village means they have grown up together and have a close group of friendsTheir is trouble coming from Ralph Massingham who is determined to take fran for himself which makes a group of friends and lovers determined to protect franI can highly recommend this book well worth. Nd with best friends Sarah and Beth by her side Fran signs up to join the ranks of women at the factory It’s dangerous work but as the three friends risk life and limb for their country they will discover that their lives are only just beginni. August 1941 As war sweeps across Britain and millions of men enlist to serve their country it s up to the women to fight the battle on the home front Fran Hall had always thought she would marry her childhood sweetheart Davey Bedley the brother of her best friend Sarah who works as a pitman and they d lead a simple life in Massingham the beloved pit village she has always called home But her mum thinks she s too youngA pit village is also nown as a colliery or mining village and they re essentially settlements built by colliery owners to house their workers Massingham is a real village and civil parish in the English county of NorfolkLife in the colliery involved hard dangerous and backbreaking workWhen war broke out the government allowed experienced coal miners to serve and also transfer from pit work to other higher paid reserved jobs and hoped that the unemployed would fill in the gaps leftFran initially works as a secretary but with war work becoming mandato I really enjoyed this book Coming from a mining family it was very interesting to read about the life of miners during ww I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my ownCan I take a step back from reviewing this book for a moment and gush about this entire sub genre instead Because I d like to gush about this sub genreBless war time economy in the 40s because it paved the way for women joining the workforce for taking up space in industries that were previously assumed to be male preserves Here were women doing the highly skilled jobs men thought they couldn t do and they even agitated for eual pay These stories are inspiring to read and there can t be enough books about these ladies IMOOver to this bookGirls at the Home Front is about women from the pitcolliery village of Massingham The main character Fran decides to support her family currently li I m not going to give a synopsis of this story there are plenty of reviews here doing just thatI found it to be very slow and repetitive and struggled to get through it However it picked up about three uarters of the way and finished uite strongly It could have been shorter and done the same job There were a few things in it that annoyed me Certain characters reactions that didn t sit well with who they were supposed to be The description of the work done by the factory girls was very interesting but there was too much of the pit in itI will read the next one as I want to see a certain someone get his just deserts I hope that s not too drawn out as I feel it s gone on long enough already Girls on the Home Front is the first book in Annie Clarke s new Factory Girls wartime saga series and I m already hooked From the very start I was engrossed in the lives of Fran Sarah Beth and their families and as the book progressed I couldn t put this warm authentic and compelling novel downThe novel opens on the three friends first day working in a new factory and before they start they are warned of the vital safety procedures and informed that their war work is top secret meaning they aren t allowed to tell anybody "about what it is they do when they "what it is they do When they one of their supervisors Mrs Raydon and realise she lost her hand after a mishap with a detonator they begin to comprehend just how dangerous their a detonator they begin to comprehend just how dangerous their job really is It s eye opening and rather humbling to realise that these young women are only nineteen and yet are entrusted with these arduous and deeply risky tasks at a time when they should have been their most carefreeGirls on the Home Front is set in Massingham a small pit village in the North East and alongside the dramas in the factory it also features life in the mines and how much such an existence becomes integral to the very soul of the community sustained and shaped by it Fran s father is angered by his daughter s decision to work in the factory having hoped she d find a job as a typist and at first it does appear as if he is the archetypal short tempered patriarchal head of the family It soon becomes clear however that his harsh words are due to his fears for his beloved children and his hopes for something better and safer for them This is wartime though and his older children need to be able to hold their heads high and now that they are doing their bit tooAlthough the action takes place during 1941 when the war was at full swing its impact on the book is mostly concerned with how it affects the decisions of some of the ey characters Nevertheless there are women in the factory who have already lost loved ones and one of the three friends Beth is missing her husband Bob who is away serving at sea However this first instalment of the saga is certainly not short of action and readers will be left in little doubt as to the risks in both the factory and down the mines The ever present danger of pit collapses or accidental detonations in the factory means that the men and women part before their shifts with the poignant words Be Safe but the long term daily toll on their bodies is also vividly described The men s bodies are covered with the blue scars caused by coal dust finding its way into any little cuts inflicted on them many bear the damage of previous collapses including Fran s brother Stan and her sweetheart and Sarah s brother Davey whose nees mean they are considered unfit for active duty at the Front and so risk their lives at home instead Their biggest fear however is black lung with every pitman agreeing that a uick death below rocks is preferable to the long and drawn out demise after being diagnosed with the dreaded occupational hazard. August 1941 As war sweeps across Britain and millions of men enlist to serve their country it’s up to the women to fight the battle on the home frontFran always thought she would marry her childhood sweetheart and lead a simple life in Massing. ,
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