Christmas with the Cornish Girls
by Betty Walker
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 25 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 27 Nov 2021
Avon Books UK, Avon
Coming soon – the second book in the feel-good new Cornish Girls series, following Wartime with the Cornish Girls
It’s 1941, and Christmas is approaching in St. Ives…
Shy Lily wishes she could hide from the war. But when her friend Eva asks if Lily will join her in working at an officers’ convalescent home in St. Ives, Lily can’t refuse. There are officers to nurse back to health, and a Christmas party to plan…
Eva came to St. Ives to be near Max, the stranger who almost gave his life to protect hers. But now she’s there, the wounded pilot just keeps pushing her away.
Rose can’t help envying beautiful Eva, who turns too many heads. But when she suspects the orphanage next door is mistreating its charges, Eva is the only one who can help her uncover the truth…
Together, can they give the children, and the officers, the Christmas they all so deserve?
A heartwarming tale of sisterhood in wartime, for fans of Nancy Revell and Donna Douglas.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 78 members
Christmas with the Cornish Girls by Betty Walker is a great WWII-era historical fiction saga and is the second book in the Cornish Girls series. I really enjoyed it! I really loved the first book, Wartime with the Cornish Girls, so I knew I had to read on. This is a great series focussing on three friends: Eva, Lily, and Rose and their combined and respective experiences, struggles, and daily lives in England during WWII. I really enjoyed following along as these three women sifted through all of the trials, tribulations, and obstacles thrown their way in their attempts to help out in the war effort, find their own respective purposes and dreams for the future, all while trying to bring Christmas hope and cheer to officers and local children. I always enjoy a novel with strong female characters and friendships/bonds. It is always so refreshing and empowering. I also enjoyed the uplifting and positive ending. Looking forward to the next book. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Avon Books UK for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.
Betty Walker whatcan I say another brilliant book. If you love family saga and wartime you must read this series I still feel like I am actually part of the storyline. Cant wait to read more by this author. Thank you Netgalley for my ARC I feel so privileged
Lovely. Delightful. Heartwarming. I absolutely loved this second book in the Cornish Girls series. Set in Cornwall during WWII this book centres around Lily, Eva and Hazel (the three women from the first book) with the addition of Rose. The author created strong and multi faceted characters that you will instantly love. I was cheering them on through the entire book. The setting was perfect and I could easily picture the convalescent home and the orphanage. While the book is full of love stories, it also touches on many important things that people lived through during the war. From air raids, orphans, injured soldiers, rationing to the etiquette of that era, this book shows you just what people had to endure to survive. I couldn’t put this book down and read until sunrise. Reading it transported me to Cornwall and I felt I was there with them. It takes a wonderful author to pull you into a. story and make you not want to leave. If you love romance and historical fiction then this is a must read for you. Thank you to Avon Books UK, Harper Collins and NetGalley for inviting me to read the second instalment in this series. It was a pleasure to read this book. I can’t wait to read more about these women.
A brilliant story, beautifully written and one which I couldn't put down. It was lovely to catch up with the characters again from Betty's first book, Wartime With The Cornish Girls, although this one mainly focuses on Eva and Lily's story and a new character Rose. Highly recommend and I look forward to more by Betty Walker in the future.
This is a long book and at 400 pages I thought it was going to take me forever to read. But once I started I just couldn't stop. I loved this book. I love the characters, Lily, Eva and Rose as they were so easy to get to know and to like. Oh and I love Christmas! This is a heartwarming story that will get right into your heart, it is a story about dealing with all aspects of the war and how people help each other and love each other in these hard times. There was a bit of everything in this book which makes it more readable and more enjoyable. I love this book and have read there was another one before this so I will be checking that one out too. Highly recommend this wonderful book.
I'm so pleased to be back with the Cornish Girls in book2. Eva is working in the convalescent home to be near the man she loves who is injured and doesn't want to see her . Lily begins her job there but doesn't have Eva's confidence. We meet Rosie the ward sister who is very strict with staff and patents but is secretly in love with the local doctor. Rosie feels something is very wrong with the children in the orphanage next door and vows to get to the bottom of even even if it means her losing her job. I just loved this story. So many things happen in this book along with the laughter and tears. Such a good reading. I'm hoping for another book in the series.
I absolutely loved this book. Superb story that kept me wanting to read more and didn’t want to put down. Hope there is another one in the series as I will be first in the queue to read it. Highly recommended.
An absolutely joyous read. I felt like I was living this story with the girls. One of those reads you just can't put down. Makes you appreciate what people went through in the second world war
This is a fabulous book to read if you like wartime family saga's. Betty Walker writes a story that draws you in and has you wanting more. Excellent book 5*
I really enjoyed this title and highly recommend. I feel this will make an excellent addition to anyone’s book collection. Please be sure to go and pick this one up
This is the sequel to Wartime with the Cornish Girls, a book I also loved. This one is about nurses at a convalescent home in Cornwall during World War Two. Thanks to NetGalley and Avon books for the opportunity to read and review this book. Published in November 2021
I love this book...Read the first one and always wondered what happened to the characters...Glad many of the characters manage to find happiness...
How do you know you love reading a book, when you stay up late and you just have to know what happens next. With this book I had a few late nights, because I was enjoying it so much. And now I'm sad the book has finished. For me I can highly recommend this book.
Another delightful story in the Cornish girls series. Hardship and loss during the war alleviated by the kindness and community spirit of those left behind. This story addresses the needs of children as well as adults and was extremely moving in parts. Great conclusion.
I absolutely loved this book. The second in the series and just as good, if not better, than the first one. I enjoyed following the lives of the nurses in the convalescent home. Rose had her suspicions about the way the orphans were being treated and following that story was fascinating, frustrating but fascinating. I loved the twists and turns of these heartwarming, tenacious and brave women in the face of so much adversity. You know you are reading a great book when you don't want it to end. Brilliant.
This is the second book in the Cornish Girls series & it was lovely to catch up on these wonderful characters, I love a good series especially a WWII saga & this is certainly one I’m enjoying following. This story follows Lily & her decision to be a trainee nurse working in an officers convalescent home in St. Ives Cornwall. Her friend Eva has persuaded her to accept the job there where she herself is a nurse. Their paths cross quite a lot with the formidable ward sister Rose Gray. Next door to the the convalescent home is an orphanage & there are nagging suspicions Mr & Mrs Treverrick who run the home are mistreating the children. Lots twists & turns to entertain you in this heartwarming read. People pulling together through adversity & enduring so much doing what they could for the war effort. Looking forward to the next book in the series thoroughly enjoyed this well written captivating read.
This book was such a delight to read! Last year, I read Wartime with the Cornish Girls and was so excited to experience the second installment. It didn’t disappoint! In fact I read it in one sitting. A feel good, charming story that is a MUST READ. I loved the characters, storyline, the light romance, and picturesque setting. And I hope and look forward to the series continuing. Thank you Avon Books and NetGalley for an opportunity to read an eARC.
This is the second book in the Cornish Girls series but it can be read as a standalone book which is good and I feel would reach more readers. The original characters of Lily, Eva, and Hazel are joined by Rose at a convalescent hospital in Cornwall.. As is usual for this author you are drawn into the lives of the characters and it is well written and a fairly easy read. I recommend this book when the Christmas season is upon us. Thanks to#NetGalley for the advance copy in return for an honest review
An excellent follow up novel to The Cornish Girls, but able to be read as a stand alone novel. Thoroughly enjoyed and hope there is more in this series
What a lovey book number two in the series.For fans of English sagas this is special the characters the atmosphere comes alive.Will be recommending.#netgalley #avonbooksuj
Absolutely loved catching up with the Cornish girls again, this book was easy to follow from having read the first in the series, Lily is offered a nursing assistants job where her friend Eva works in a home for wounded service men and when told one of her family will have to leave their current job as there is not enough money to pay those that work in the hall she decided to bite the bullet and go, nervous at first and missing her family but delighted to be with Eva again she sticks with it, faced with many challenges along the way her and Eva's bond gets closer than ever, a children's home next door is not all it seems and frosty miss Gray notices and fights for justice, much more to this story as you read on, Eva fights to get max her wounded solider back on his feet again after being injured badly whilst saving her from a bomb, love is in the air and frosty rose eventually rages Wonderful characters a brilliant storyline and I can't wait to read the next instalment BRILLIANT!!!
Loved this second instalment of this ww2 saga . This book was extremely well written and the characters were fantastic. Set around Cornwall the nurses and their families are struggling. The story tells of their ups downs in romances and work in the follow up to the first book. Looking forward to more from this author Highly recommended
This was a lovely family saga. A great Christmas story which is set in historical era.. I really love this author and her story's.
I requested to read and review this book for free from Avon a division of Harper Collins Publishing. This is the second book in the Cornish Girls series. But could easily be read as a stand alone. Setting is late fall/Christmas time. The war is still going on. This book has romance, mystery, drama and suspense. You will get to continue the journey with Eva, Lily, Hazel. You will meet new characters Rose, Dr. Lewis and Edmond. Can you start over and forget the bad. Can you stop yourself from falling in love. Can love help someone walk again? Can determination help you through the bad and ugly times. This can be read by anyone and read anywhere.
I really enjoyed Wartime with the Cornish Girls and couldn't wait to catch up with Eva and Lily, believable characters who I grew so fond of. Christmas with the Cornish Girls is the second in the series and although it can be read as a stand-alone, this being a new story, I would recommend that you read the first book in the series to begin with, just so you get to know the wonderful characters that feature in both books. Eva and Lily start working at Symmonds Hall, a convalescent home for injured war veterans, and coming up to Christmas 1941, the staff want to give the men the best Christmas that they can. But with so much going on, will they be successful? and will they be able to sort out their private lives? To be honest, I was unsure whether Lily would be able to cope with the job of nursing these physically and mentally damaged men. She's always had her sister, Alice, Aunty Vi, and feisty Gran to look out for her, but now she's alone with Eva and some staff who aren't so friendly - Sister Rose Gray. As the story progressed, my opinion of Rose changed. I understood why she came across as cold, and because of her concerns in regards to what may be going on in the Orphanage attached to the home. I found myself really liking her and rooting for her. All three girls are strong-willed and I felt that I was there in the home - the sights, sounds, every description was so clear due to the authors brilliant writing. I found myself thinking of the characters when I wasn't reading, and needed to know what else would happen. I felt so proud of Lily, away from her family, and having had a rough time in the past, she really blossomed and dealt with everything that was thrown at her. I really hope that there will be another book to come. I highly recommend this series! This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you
Another fantastic book by Betty Walker revisiting The Cornish Girls. Its best to have read the other book first as it gives details and perspective to the characters. Following the lives of different Cornish characters who are linked by Symmonds Hall a convalescent home for WW2 injured service men Lily and Eva from book 1 take up positions as nurses. It has a great feel good factor whilst leaving you to deal with various emotions along the way. Thanks to Betty Walker her publisher and NetGalley.
A magical story The second in the series set in Cornwall in WW2. It was am easy to read book and can be a stand alone as it doesn't carry on from book one. But over all I loved it perfect for Christmas.
Christmas is coming to Cornwall, England, no matter the war and air raids. Betty Walker continues The Cornish Girls Series with an attentive, warm-hearted glimpse into the lives and struggling relationships of Lily and Eva as they move from the top-secret listening post in Porthcurno up the coast to Symmonds Hall in St. Ives. Walker creates excellent backstory of the personalities and past of each character, so readers feel connected without reading Book #1, Wartime with the Cornish Girls. (Though a great read and highly recommended!) Symmonds Hall is staffed by two doctors and several rule abiding nurses. Next door is an orphanage run by the Treverricks, whose “parenting” techniques are highly questionable. A love triangle, the orphanage, and the children in the Treverrick’s care become a personal challenge for Nurse Rose. Betty Walker’s focus deftly shifts back and forth from developing adult relationships to the orphans’ tenuous situation. With December 1941 approaching, Lily is tasked with organizing the annual Christmas party! Lily’s and Eva’s days are filled with a wheelchair bound patient, a burn victim, a pregnant visitor, and orphan rescue missions! Meanwhile, it’s an emotional relief to be involved in Lily’s party preparations-dicey at best, with paper chains and rationing. Christmas with the Cornish Girls will remind readers “that when things are at their darkest, love comes along to light the way.”
This is the second book in a historical type series. I quite enjoyed this one. Premise It’s 1941, and Christmas is approaching in St. Ives… Shy Lily wishes she could hide from the war. But when her friend Eva asks if Lily will join her in working at an officers’ convalescent home in St. Ives, Lily can’t refuse. There are officers to nurse back to health, and a Christmas party to plan… Eva came to St. Ives to be near Max, the stranger who almost gave his life to protect hers. But now she’s there, the wounded pilot just keeps pushing her away. Rose can’t help envying beautiful Eva, who turns too many heads. But when she suspects the orphanage next door is mistreating its charges, Eva is the only one who can help her uncover the truth… Together, can they give the children, and the officers, the Christmas they all so deserve? I loved each girls storyline but particularly loved the love story between Eva and Max. I love how even though it is a historical type novel many challenges we still face in today’s society women we’re dealing with back then. I definitely am interested to check out more books from this series.
I love a good series especially a WWII saga & this is certainly one I’m enjoying following. This story follows Lily & her decision to be a trainee nurse working in an officers convalescent home in St. Ives Cornwall. Her friend Eva has persuaded her to accept the job there where she herself is a nurse. Their paths cross quite a lot with the formidable ward sister Rose Gray.
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Betty Walker for the chance to read this book, I had read the first book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed it so was really looking forward to this book and was delighted to be able to read the ARC. Again a heart warming tale about friends and acquaintances living in Porthcurno and around St. Ives in Cornwall. It was lovely to meet old characters and find out their continuing stories and meeting new ones. This time the story is centred around a convalescent home for injured servicemen and an orphanage which appear to be in the same stately home. They share a basement used for an air raid shelter. I had little idea that bombs fell so close to the Cornish coast though I suppose they would have been on their way to bomb the Plymouth Docks. But they did and had an impact on the orphanage side of the building which had far reaching consequences. As in sagas of this genre there was love, loss and misunderstandings but this added to the general ambience of the story. Again a triumph for Betty Walker and I sincerely hope that there is a third in the series to come Thank you again for all involved in mu opportunity to read this book
I read this book in a day. I could not put it down. Thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction. It was so lovely to catch up with the characters from the previous book and be introduced to some new ones. I had such a joyous feeling by the end of the book. It made my little heart happy. A wonderful festive read and I really hope that there's another book in the series, I feel like we need to know what happened Ernest so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
It's 1941 and Eva, Lily and Rose are all working at a convalescent facility for wounded soldiers in Cornwall. These three women are quite different from one another but united in their efforts to help the men, the children in the orphanage, and each other. It's a light, positive read with good characters. I missed the first book but that wasn't a problem at all- I found myself caring about everyone here immediately. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. A good read.
Lily Fisher is living in Porthcurno, West Cornwall in 1941, her family’s home in London was destroyed during an air raid, and Lily, her gran Sheila, Aunty Violet and younger sister Alice are all living in a small cottage, and working as cleaners at Eastern House. Lily’s given the opportunity to work as a trainee nurse at Symmonds Hall Convalescent Home near St. Ives, and she’s nervous about leaving her family. She enjoys helping the soldiers, working with her friend Eva, and they want her to organize the Christmas party. Eva Ryder is a nurse at the convalescent home, her father’s in charge of Eastern House in Cornwall and she’s knows Lily’s entire family. Eva recommended Lily to Sister Gray, Lily’s a sensible girl and she needs a change from cleaning at Porthcurno. Eva’s always getting into trouble with Sister Gray, she’s often running late and gets caught chatting to the patients. Flight Lieutenant Max Carmichael, saved Eva from serious harm in London and he’s recovering at the home. He’s rather dejected, he doesn’t think his condition will improve, Eva’s madly in love with Max, she’s sure he will get better and she’s used to getting her own way. Sister Rose Gray is in charge of the wards at Symmonds Hall, she works closely with Dr Edmund Layons, Dr Lewis Layons and she has a secret crush on the younger doctor. Rose is concerned about the safety of the children living at the orphanage next door, they look thin, are forced to play outside in the cold weather, and she hears crying at night. Christmas with the Cornish Girls is a delightful story about the nurses and doctors caring for the injured soldiers at the convalescent home during WW II, you get to know the staff and owner Lady Babs Symmonds, discover what’s happening at the orphanage, how Lily plans the Christmas party with the help from cook, Eva, the children are invited and it's a huge success. Characters from the first book in series Wartime with the Cornish Girls are included in the uplifting narrative, I loved both books by Betty Walker and five stars from me.
This is the second installment in the Cornish Girls series. Set in the Cornish countryside on a backdrop of WWII. In this one we mainly follow Eva and Lily who begin to work as nurses in St. Ives; a short way away from Porthcurno. They are working in Symmonds Hall, a large manor that has been converted to a convalescent home for wounded soldiers. Along with the girls we already know we also meet Rose, and the doctors at the home along with some of the wounded soldiers. Lily is tasked with planning the Christmas party for all the patrons, which can prove quite difficult in wartime. Walker's second installment in the Cornish girls series is a heartwarming take on a war novel. The relationships between the women are wonderful. it really is a novel that shows that adversity brings people together. I loved that we still got to hear about the women in the first book, and that we got new characters to love in this one. It can be read as a stand alone, but much more enjoyable in order.
Set in 1941 England, this heartwarming and beautiful story is Christmas-y, yet definitely not necessary to only read during the Christmas season. Betty Walker writes beautifully with strength in her words and (mainly) lovely but realistically flawed characters. This is the second book in her series and is as wonderful as the first with familiar dear characters and new ones as well. We read of relationships, especially those of female friends and beloveds, heartache, uncertainty and hope. Young Lily has fewer life experiences but learns quickly in her new occupation as a nurse (assistant) in a convalescence home for injured soldiers. Her personality is sweet and eager which bodes well in her planning of the annual Christmas party for injured soldiers and orphans who live in the orphanage. Eva is beautiful and an excellent nurse and seems to turn the heads of most men. But she is only interested in one and is fiercely loyal to him. He returns home and is severely injured. Rose, a new character, is a strict ward sister but has a compassionate heart. She is alarmed by what she sees at the orphanage and acts on it. Soldiers are also introduced as are many historical details such as air raids and drills. I really enjoyed the interactions and thoughts of the characters. Some lack confidence, others discover abilities they did not realize they had. All of them are different yet complementary. I am eager to find out what happens with these characters and storylines in the next book! If you are into Historical Fiction, especially during WWII, do read this series. You will be glad you did. My sincere thank you to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this clean, endearing and delightful book.