It’s my turn on the BlogTour Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane.
About the Author
Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021. Sign up to Lizzie’s newsletter
About the book
Nothing will stop the The Tobacco Girls, not even war… Bristol 1940. The Tobacco Girls cling together as they realise that the clouds of war are turning dark, the world is becoming more dangerous and their lives more unpredictable. Bridget Milligan’s big, happy family fragments when her siblings are evacuated to North Devon, then a letter from America further fills her with dismay.
Maisie Miles safe haven from both Eddie Bridgeman and her father is jeopardised and she is forced to move on, but where too this time? Phyllis Mason is struck down by tragedy and her life spirals downwards into despair until a new horizons beckons, but also perhaps great danger…
Regardless of the rationing, shortages and an ever-worsening situation, The Tobacco Girls all pull together and hope for better days to come.
With the darkness of World War 2 looming over the girls they each have their own problems to deal with. Maisie sees her past and danger lurking behind each corner, whic technically isn’t paranoia if it’s true. Bridget has to watch her family be torn apart, even if it’s in the best interest of her siblings. Phyllis experiences a tragedy which will turn her life around completely.
Each of them, in their own way, finds their own trauma and difficulties hard to cope with alone, but together they become strong enough to do what’s right. More importantly they show each other the light in the hours of sadness and despair.
Maisie, Phyllis and Bridget will always be there for each other through thick, thin and in this case wartime. Even with the odd disgruntled snipes and their own problems, what they truly excel at is being there when one of them is in dire need of a friend.
It’s a story of friendship, sisterhood and family, because that’s what they are ..family. It’s lovely historical war fiction, escapism with its roots grounded firmly in history and the reality of friendship between women.