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The Land Girls

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Ann-maree H, Reviewer

My Recommendation

What a lovely tribute this book is to all the women of the Australian Women’s Land Army.  This story will draw you straight into the 1940’s world as we meet three young ladies from very different walks of life living in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.   The author’s reference to this era was wonderful and in my mind very accurate to everything I have ever read or watched about this time in our history.  You could almost feel the pain and anguish the girls here experienced during this book, with there up and down while doing the part in the war efforts.  They wanted to do their part to help both the soldiers and their country so it may enable their loved ones to return safely and sooner.

This is the second book that I have read by this author and I must say I have very much enjoyed them both and look forward to having the time to read more of her wonderful work.  I enjoy her style of writing, the characters and the in-depth description she gives to make you immerse yourself into her world.

Flora Thomas lives at home with her father and younger brother a Melbourne suburb with her other brother away fighting in the war.  She is in her mid-thirties, a spinster known in her times with a very boring office job.  She is drawn to the Land Army after her younger brother is given a White Feather from a stranger on the street.  Feeling the need to help in the war in place for her brother Jake who is unfit for service she travels to Mildura to help on a farm picking grapes.

Betty, a 17-year-old lives in Sydney and works as a counter girl at Woolworths which is a job she enjoys.  Her best friend is about to turn eighteen soon and he will be off to war, so Betty thinks about joining the Land Army to help and do her part in the war effort.  She really wants Michael to come home safe and well.

Lily has been raised in the upper lifestyle of Adelaide with everything she wants or needs.  But she is the younger sister to a very talented older sister who is a doctor working abroad in Egypt in the war.  She has always felt like she was never as good as her sister, she decides to do her part with the war and the Land Army looks like a way she can do her part.  The boy she had been attending some dances and parties with is about to leave to training to become a pilot.

The girls all start this new chapter in their lives and will find their way through the hard work with good new friends and knowing they are doing something other than just sitting by waiting on a letter from their loved ones at war.  The girls will connect with each other along the way over the three years this book gives us there journeys.

Will all the pain, grief, loss, hard work, worry and waiting see the girls in a happy place at the end of the war?

Three girls

Three different stories

Three changed lives

Three Journeys 

Three love ones at war

Three loves

This is my honest and voluntary review and all my own opinions of this book that I received an ARC copy of off from NetGalley and the publisher.

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