Although not a genre I read that often I really liked this novel and I do think I would try another by the author. It was well written and I liked the characters.
A heartwarming and compelling story that had me feeling all sorts of emotions. The sense of community is established and maintained.
Second in the series…… The further I read with this book, the better it got and I enjoyed it more. I think the author has set the bar high here.
Many thanx to NetGalley, the author and the publishers for allowing me to read and review this book
This was a lovely read, so many characters which paved the way for many intertwined stories. The book moved along very well but has also finished leaving many of the tales incomplete...........ready for the next book perhaps? I really hope so as I enjoyed the insights into village living during WW2 without the gory details of war.
Was a really enjoyable book and look forward to her next book
Thank you to NetGalley for this copy. This is a really good book, kept me entertained throughout and I would thoroughly recommend to all.
This book is 2nd in series and there are recognisable characters from the 1st. I felt a bit disappointed that the book didn’t develop some of the characters further although I’m sure this will be picked up in the next one.
Personally I found it a slow read.
The Schoolmistress by Maggie Sullivan is the second book in Our Street at War series. You can read The Schoolmistress as a standalone, but it will take you a couple of chapters to get into the story (to get to know the characters and find out what is happening in their lives). The POV switches between several different female characters. I like Maggie Sullivan’s writing style. It is warm and friendly. It made The Schoolmistress easy to read. In The Schoolmistress we travel to Greenhill, Lancashire, England in March of 1940. We get to meet several different women who live in Greenhill. Vicky Parrott from The Postmistress is in this story too along with Sylvia Barker, Violet Pegg (the local schoolmistress), Ruby Bowdon, Tilly McFadden, and Claire Gold (Sylvia’s niece). I found the characters to be realistic and relatable. These women are dealing with the war just in a different way from the men fighting abroad. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and learn about their lives. There are ups and downs just like real life. There were some unexpected revelations for a couple of the women. There is romance as well as heartbreak. The ladies’ story does not end with The Schoolmistress. We will have to wait for the next installment of Our Street at War to find out what happens next. The Schoolmistress is a heartwarming tale with a war wedding, uplifting letters, a startling revelation, increased rationing, a fight between friends, and a new undertaking.
Lovely and lively The Schoolmistress is the second in the Our Street at War series and takes place during WWII England. There are surprises and twists, joy and sorrow, romances and family drama, all written beautifully. Main characters Violet, Vicky and Claire are very different which makes things interesting. Violet teaches young children but often finds her mind wandering to a certain Canadian. Vicky is a newlywed post mistress and Claire an evacuee who instructs knitting and sewing. Unassuming charity worker Martin is one of my favourites. All are involved in the war effort in one way or another and all are touched by the harsh reality of war.
I love the familiar and comfortable feeling of returning characters but also the introduction of new people and subplots. The historical information is introduced so realistically I could envision scenes and locations. This story does not gloss over heartache or disability. Families are not perfect, either.
Historical Fiction and Romance fans ought to be drawn to this book. Though reading the first in the series before this one gives the background it does well on its own as the reader is told critical information to know. The ending has me itching to find out what the third book will bring! So many possibilities...
My sincere thank you to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for introducing me to this fabulous series.
I just loved this book. Set during the war the book focuses on mainly the women and their life during the war. This book does pack in quite a lot in. I read the previous book, The Postmistress, so it was good to see familiar faces back in this book. I did chuckle at Vickys reactions about having a baby join their family. If you love these kind of books I'm sure you will love this one too
Loved this story and the characters were fab, a story of romance, heartbreak and friendship and how people comes together when most needed, loved the setting and how descriptive the storyline was
Lovely story with characters that bring it to life so as the reader is drawn in to the story.I can and will highly recommend this book as readers will love it 5*
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
This book is set in the WWII era, and is the second book in the Our Street at War series.
I loved reading the first book, The Post mistress, and was looking forward to reading this, which I also loved reading.
The author has written such a lovely book, which gives an insight into a community and you see how the war has affected the residents.
Looking forward to the next book.
I recommend this book.
The Schoolmistress by Maggie Sullivan is a great WWII-era historical fiction saga that is the second book in the charming Our Street at War series.
I really enjoyed the first book, The Post mistress, so of course I wanted to read the second book in this delightful series. I really enjoyed it as well. Definitely not a sophomore slump!
I just love how the author creates a world where we can take a sneak peak into a window of a “small town/community” and see how the War affected everyone, from the mundane to the monumental.
I loved the pacing, the drama, the history, the character cast, the progression, and the ending.
Looking forward to the next book!
Thank you NG and Harper Collins UK/One More Chapter for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.
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I’m becoming a huge fan of Maggie Sullivan’s writing. There’s a depth to the characters that I particularly like. This book was written really well and was a compelling read and you can really imagine the setting in your mind.
Great second instalment in the series’s. This time focusing on the school mistress and a few new characters and also a few we’ve met before.
Greta to see how their lives are unfolding , this time Violet and Claire are the characters that are focused on. The usual twists and turns of s Maggie Sullivan book.
Great read with a cuppa on a dark night .
Highly recommended read
This book was sent to me by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher for the electronic copy. Historical fiction at its best. Likable characters who come alive on the pages. The setting adds to the story. Love and romance…family and friends…helping others…war and danger…this author has written a cannot put down novel that reads like nonfiction. Weaving a story that lets the reader enjoy while maybe learning more about that time period. I look forward to more books by this author. Be transported back to the time in this book.