March, 1942: new mother Alice Milwood is itching to return to her job as a shop assistant at Liberty’s.
Despite her husband still being missing in action, Alice is determined to give baby Arthur the best possible start. She soon settles back into the rhythm of life on the shop floor, and the Liberty Girls rally to help keep everything on an even keel.
But when the American GIs start swarming into London, there are more complications to come. And each of the Liberty Girls has their own impossible storm to weather.
As they each fight their battles on the home front, only their close friendship will give them the strength they need to carry on.
The Liberty Girls is published on the 16th May 2019 in ebook and paperback. You can pre-order your copy of both using the link below.
I was a huge fan of Christmas At Liberty’s so was very excited to be invited onto the blog tour for The Liberty Girls the next book in the series.
It was like I’d never left as this story starts pretty much straight after the last one and I loved being thrown back into the wonderful world of Liberty’s. I found myself wishing that I was able to work there, particularly if it meant I could be friends with the fantastic ladies who also work there. Their close friendship and the way they support each other was brilliant to read about, particularly as they were all faced with some terrible situations.
This book follows new mother Alice as she tries to balance motherhood with returning to work. She wasn’t my favourite character in the first book so it was great to learn more about her history and discover the human side of her. I actually found myself warming to her as I discovered more about her history and what she had been through. She’s a tough, strong lady when she wants to be and I enjoyed reading about her journey through out the book.
The author does a fantastic job of setting the scene so that the reader really feels they are there in world war two experiencing everything alongside the characters. I loved the fabulous descriptions of the dances that were held, the way all the citizens of London banded together to learn simple skills to help in a crisis and the nerve wracking descriptions of the bombing raids that had me holding my breath as I hoped one of my favourites weren’t about to be killed. Although I knew about clothes being on the ration during the war I hadn’t heard anything about utility fabric before so found it quite fascinating to learn more about that and how shops used it to their best advantage. It lead to a few wasted hours on the internet looking up more about it!
This is the second book in the Liberty series but it can easily be read as a standalone as anything you need to know is explained. One of the things I like most about this series is that the author doesn’t do huge recaps at the beginning of the book which can be frustrating. Instead she only tells you the information when you need to know it which makes it seem much more natural. I’m really hoping this isn’t the last book about The Liberty Girls as I so love this series. It’s only 1942 in this book so I’ll keep my fingers firmly crossed!
Huge thanks to Rachel from Arrow publishing for inviting me onto the blog tour and my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
As a child, Fiona’s mother used to joke that wherever there was a book, Fiona wouldn’t be far behind. With a passion for reading from practically the moment she was born, it was inevitable Fiona would become a writer. Sure enough after studying English Literature at university, Fiona became a local and national journalist before making her move to books where she began ghost writing fiction for celebrities (too famous to name, of course). One day, some bright spark suggested she write her own stories rather than those of celebs and suddenly an idea was born.
Now, Fiona’s passion for writing currently sees her penning the World War 2 Liberty Girls series for Arrow. She also writes contemporary women’s fiction for Aria under the name Abby Williams.
She lives in Berkshire with her husband, two cats and has an unhealthy attitude towards exercise and chocolate – believing one must surely cancel out the other. If you’d like to find out more about Fiona you can follow her on Twitter @fionajourno or visit her at facebook.com/fionafordauthor.