The London Girls
by Soraya M. Lane
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Pub Date 08 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2022
Amazon Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing
From the bestselling author of The Last Correspondent comes a remarkable story of three young women who defy the bombs to do their bit for Britain. Will they survive the dark streets of London to see the Allies win the war?
London, 1941. The Blitz. When a Royal Navy memo arrives at head office, requesting female recruits to sign up as motorcycle dispatch riders, delivering highly classified orders across the country, three women jump at the chance to sign up for the most dangerous jobs in London.
Olivia grew up riding motorcycles with her brothers, and with them fighting abroad she feels it is her duty to join up. The thrill of adventure draws Ava, but with more enthusiasm than skill, will she learn to navigate the treacherous London streets safely? Having lost her family during one of the first air attacks, Florence knows how important it is to have help arrive on the scene—fast—and so she steps up, outmanoeuvring the men behind the wheel of an ambulance. When Olivia, Ava and Florence meet for the first time they know they have found something all of them need—family.
As bombs fall, decimating the city they love, these three brave women build a sisterhood amid the rubble, facing down anyone—even their own families—who objects to their service. And while romances bloom and fade, their connection grows ever stronger. But none of them dare consider the terrifying reality that one night Florence’s ambulance may be rescuing someone she loves…
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I really enjoyed reading this, it was what I expect from a historical novel. It was really well done and had what I enjyoed about Soraya M. Lane. I had enjoyed another book by Ms. Lane The Girls of Pearl Harbor. This had what I enjoyed about the book and was really glad I was able to read this. I look forward to more from the author as she has a great historical writing style.
"She smoothed her hands down the front of her dress, hating how nervous she was. For goodness’ sake, it’s probably just Ava. Stop making such a fuss. But as she pulled the door open and a cold blast of wintry air came rushing towards her, she discovered that it was most definitely not just Ava. And, silly her, Ava wouldn’t have knocked in the first place; she was still staying with them and treated their house like her own."
Firstly I want to say a big thank you for the opportunity to read "The London Girls" by Soraya M.Lane before the release date.
This is a story of three brave women who decide to take on a challenge which could cost their lives. Three friends sign up to be dispatch riders from WRNS, one ending up as an ambulance driver and two riding on a motorcycle.
The story of grit, courage, love and determination. I thoroughly enjoyed these beautifully written pages and found myself seeing the most thrilling movie unfolding in my mind which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I have no doubt that this story will be on the big screen one day.
This story is based on many true historical events which took place during the WWII and it will leave you speechless and possibly tearful.
Three women…war time..doing their best to help. Historical fiction that reads like nonfiction. This would make a great movie. This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. The characters come alive on the pages of this novel. It is as if we know them in person and hope the best for them…friendship and family…courage…looking forward..hoping…wishing…new people…the setting is, of course, important to this story because of the history happening. Enjoy this cannot put down novel.
Soraya Lane’s latest historical fiction about women in war does not disappoint. Action-packed accounts based on real WRNS in WWII London keep you wanting to know what comes next but not wanting to end the book. I strongly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and especially for those who enjoy books based in WWII.
The London Girls by Soraya M. Lane is a wonderful story written about the women in London delivering memos and letters while riding motorcycles. Women were used to deliver memos because the men were serving in war. Women were also used to be ambulance 🚑 drivers. These women performed bravely and heroically in London. These women also sometimes were known as daredevils because they were out there risking their lives.
This is an excellent read. Based on historical fact it is a heart warming and gripping story about WRENs who risked their lives as motorcycle dispatch riders in WWII. All the horrors of war are honestly described, as are the attitudes towards women and their ‘proper’ roles, which had to be challenged and defeated by brave and determined women.
This book would make an excellent film - if it is not already lined up.
One of my favourite books by Soraya M Lane is Spitfire Girls because it shows a different aspect of the war that I previously had no knowledge of and this book is exactly the same. I didnt know about dispatch riders during the war, let alone female ones so I found it really interesting to read about. I also loved the friendship between Ava, Olivia and Florence although I found Ava difficult to like at first.
I loved the author's note at the end explaining how the author balanced fact and fiction.
Another absolutely brilliant book by a brilliant author.
“The London Girls” is a WWII historical fiction book by Soraya Lane. I’ve read a number of Ms. Lane’s previous books, so I’m familiar with both her style of writing and the usual fashion her books take (three women meet, become friends, there’s some romance, some crisis, and then a nice happy ending). In this book, we meet three women who decide to become motorcycle couriers for the UK military. There is some romance … there is some drama … and there is a crisis (or two or three). But, as Ms. Lane stated in her Author’s Notes, there was a, for me, nice change to her usual storyline. My hat’s off to you for that. If you want to read a book about the motorcycle courier WWII service - from why it started to the dangers faced as being part of this vital service, this book may be up your alley. An enjoyable WWII historical fiction book about some under-praised women doing their war effort.
This is a great WWII read. I’m always interested in reading about aspects of the war that are not well known.
The British were forced to enlist women (Wrens) to become dispatchers of important war documents. These brave women rode motorcycles through blackouts, bombings and storms. The bombing of London took a high toll on the English people. The Wrens suffered casualties in their home land.
There is also an ambulance driver woven in the story. Ambulance drivers and helpers also faced bombs and burning homes as they tried to help the wounded.
War takes its toll and this story reflects the bravery and loss of the British.
The London Girls by Soraya M. Lane
London, 1941. The Blitz. When a Royal Navy memo arrives at head office, requesting female recruits to sign up as motorcycle dispatch riders, delivering highly classified orders across the country, three women jump at the chance to sign up for the most dangerous jobs in London.
I love the historical aspect to the authors book and the fact she weaves a brilliant story around actual fact.
A brilliant character in Olivia and her contemporaries .
Stories such as this one put me in awe at how very young people ( both males and females ) were prepared to give up everything to help to fight for king and country during the 2nd world war ,
The London Girls tells the story of three strong women: Ava, who had been a debutante and whose parents expected her to be married already, Olivia, a tomboy whose three brothers are soldiers, and Florence, whose parents had been killed in a bombing and she was living with her grandmother Ivy. All three women are members of the UK's Women's Royal Navy Service (Wrens) when they sign up to become motorcycle dispatch riders, a necessary but very dangerous job during WWII. The three become fast friends, sharing their lives with each other through hardships, triumphs, and heartbreaks. No spoilers - but this story is well written and inspiring. I have read many historical fiction books about women in WWII but I had never heard of the motorcycle dispatch riders and their heroism. Soraya Lane is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review..
Soraya Lane created a beautiful novel that weaves together the lives of three women Ava, Florence and Olivia. This novel takes on the focus of the women who rode motorcycles to deliver messages during WWII. These Wrens are beautiful women inside and out and face a lot within their time of knowing one another yet they support one another and encourage one another to keep going throughout. There are moments of sadness, happiness and the fear of the war is also captured. Definitely a beautiful story!
Soraya has done it again. London Girls is about three young women doing their part for WW2. Ita a wonderful gripping story of friendship, adventure, bravery and love. that has you laughing and crying, so have tissues on hand. You won't be able to put it down.
Thank you net gallery for allowing me to review the ARC.
This was a great read. Fantastic characters, a wonderful story of friendship and resiliance. Every emotion was felt reading this, a few tears shed too. I would really like to see a sequel.
The London Girls is a beautiful, emotional story of friendship, bravery and adventure. I enjoyed the motorcycles the best.
The topic matter in the london girls is excellent. Great to see a profile for unsung heroes of WW2. It is also pleasing to see a story where women are told they can’t do something only to find that they have the same capacity for excellence and bravery as anyone else. Having said that, I found the narrative difficult to engage with. It was too wrapped up with the personalities of the main characters rather than the events of 1940. While it referenced those, I would have liked to see more emphasis on them.
I'm sadly drawn to WWII books. I never knew anything about "The Flying Wrens" female dispatch motorcycle riders! Great book on it's history and what they did during the war.
Because of the need to have men available for active service during WWII, women took on many new and exciting roles. "The London Girls" is a fictional account of three girls who took on some challenging roles in London during the years of the Blitz. Two of the girls were motorcycle dispatch riders, delivering important memos to command centers all over Great Britain. Often required to deliver vital information at night during bombing raids, the girls risked their lives to make certain that the messages they carried were delivered in a timely manner. This necessitated riding at high speeds on darkened roads without the use of headlamps, for fear of attracting the attention of enemy planes. The third girl volunteered for the ambulance corps, and followed emergency vehicles through darkened London streets, often while bombs were falling, in her efforts to rescue as many as possible. I was unaware of these contributions and was amazed by the courage and strength demonstrated by these brave women. The sights and sounds of London during the Blitz changed the lives of these characters forever. The author's vivid descriptions made this story come to life. I enjoyed the information provided by the author concerning her inspiration for this novel, as well as factual information concerning the motorcycle dispatch riders. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in WWII, particularly the roles of women during the war.
A riveting story of the women who risked their lives too deliver messages on motorcycles. The three women became the best of friends but the war had brought tragedy to them all. They worked to overcome their losses and help all those who depended on them. A great read!
The London Girls tells the story of three strong women: Ava, who had been a debutante and whose parents expected her to be married already, Olivia, a tomboy whose three brothers are soldiers, and Florence, whose parents had been killed in a bombing and she was living with her grandmother Ivy. These 3 women filled a need during WWII when the men were called up to go to the front. All three signed up to become motorcycle dispatchers, risking their lives to deliver messages during the war. The book shared an interesting aspect of the war, one I didn't know about and one that I found quite interesting. Ms. Lane writes books that draw you in from the very beginning. Well researched, well written and totally absorbing. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is one book not to miss!!
What a fantastic book, loved every page as it kept me looking forward to the next. It was written in a way I love, it puts you ‘there’, you are friends with the characters. Fictional history is so educational as well as a great read. Highly recommended.
“You deliver those documents, even if it kills you.”
I love Soraya Lane’s books featuring unsung heroes of war! With as much wartime historical fiction as I read, I’m always surprised to find unique stories and, somehow, Lane always delivers.
Olivia, Ava and Florence will keep you spellbound as you learn about The Flying Wrens - motorcycle dispatch riders and ambulance drivers in WWII. These daredevils risked it all to deliver messages via motorbike in one of the most dangerous cities in Britain. They sped through the dark and through bomb raids to get highly time-sensitive information or severely wounded people into the right hands. Their contributions were vital yet overlooked.
“If ever there was a night she was in danger of losing her life, it was tonight.”
Imagine your nose filled with smoke, thick in the air, darkness enveloping you, and the reverberating sounds of bombs exploding, ringing in your ears as you head out - wondering if this would be your last dispatch. Oh, the courage needed!
Lane will bring this period to life with her attention to detail and her writing style and the perfectly paced plot will keep you engaged. I will remember this book due to the connection to the characters, the amazing imagery and detail, and the messages about friendship and courage.
I’m always intrigued about how a seed idea for a novel blossoms into such a wonderful book at the hands of a capable author. Lane satisfied that curiosity and left me wanting more; more knowledge about The Flying Wrens and more of her compelling stories!
If you are looking for a great book about extraordinary women during WW2, featuring a unique plot and told from the female perspective, you need to read this one.
What I admire the most about Soraya Lane’s historical fiction novels is that she gives a voice the the brave women who served their countries during WWII, and she sheds light on the unique roles these women played. The London Girls tells us the stories of three of these courageous women. Olivia and Ava were dispatch riders who drove motorcycles to deliver important, top secret messages to the British military. Florence was an ambulance driver during the Blitz, rescuing survivors from the rubble and fires around London. All three women had extremely dangerous jobs, exposing themselves to truly scary situations through the bombings inflicted on London. I was instantly drawn to these women, who had also suffered through personal tragedies and challenges, but their spirit and their friendship kept them going through it all. I was in awe of these women and all they endured, and I shed tears for their pain and for horrors and waste of war.
Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Soraya Lane has once again written a book that has swept me into the story and made me cry. This book follows Florence, Ava, and Olivia as they attempt to become motorcycle dispatch girls during WWII. The job is brutal and dangerous as they deliver memos to blacked out places around London during the Blitz. “You deliver the documents, even if it kills you”. This book has it all - a rich historically true aspects of the story, three kickass females whom you can’t help but root for, and a bit of romance. I couldn’t put this book down, even with a knot in my stomach and needing to know what happened. Highly recommend this book for the little known aspect of women riding motorcycles to deliver top secret memos during WWII and a great story of friendship and found family.
Once again, a fantastic read by this hugely talented author.
I love books set during wartime and learning new things through fictional characters but based on true events. This book allows the reader to learn more about how women took on driving roles during the war both as dispatch riders and ambulance drivers. Although I have read books mentioning the latter before I knew nothing about the dispatch riders and the risks they took.
Soraya has a brilliant style of writing which is easy to read and enjoy. Her characters are all very easy to relate too and whilst all not immediately likeable I got there in the end with Ava!
Thank you once again!
This was such an interesting take on women serving in England during WW2.
The story follows WRNS Ava, Olivia and Flo. They each take on duties normally held by men before the war. Ava and Olivia become motorcycle dispatch riders. Flo takes over as an ambulance driver. This frees up the men to serve a the front lines. These jobs are extremely dangerous as they involve driving during the blitz when London was bombed endlessly. The women become the best of friends during a time when tomorrow isn’t promised.
If you love a good historical fiction based on actual events then this is one to read.
Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the chance to read and review this wonderful book !!
Once again soraya Lane has delivered yet another outstandingly brilliant book, its full of charm, characters that deliver so well can highly recommend for anyone who loves historical fiction.
The London Girls by Soraya M. Lane is the story of three young girls during the London Blitz in 1941.
Olivia, Florence, and Ava decide that they could be of help as couriers in London, delivering highly classified materials across the country. Remember, there were no cell phones, the internet, or anything that would make communications instantly available. The girls had to be able to ride motorcycles to get through the streets during the bombing and damage. Florence is accepted as an ambulance driver due to her driving skills, however, not so much on a motorcycle. Olivia and Ava are selected as couriers.
The girls are sent out during horrific conditions during the actual bombing of London and other areas of the country. They have to ride as quickly as possible to deliver orders to Army, Naval, and Air installations. The work is dangerous, not only because of bombs falling and debris but also because of the blackout. They have to ride on roads with no headlamps. This can cause serious injuries due to crashes. Even during these harrowing experiences, the girls find time for romance.
This book was so very interesting to read. I was blown away by the courage and strength of the three girls and their service to Britain. I know this was fiction, but obviously, there were couriers at work during this time. I was happy to read about their adventures. I love to read all of Ms. Lane’s books. They are worth my time.
Wow! What an wonderful and brilliant story! I wish I could give this more than a 5 star rating. Not many books reduce me to ugly crying but this one did. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I loved every minute of the story.
The story follows 3 women...Ava, Olivia, and Florence. All Wrens at the start of WWII working in an office. But when a memo comes out that women are needed for motorcycle dispatches all 3 sign up for recruitment. Only one has motorcycle experience but it doesn't stop the others. Two of them make the cut but the third proves herself to be just as valuable outside of the office. I'm not one to breakdown the story and ruin key aspects so I'll say read the synopsis that the author writes. If you like historical fiction then I really think you will love this book. I know I did! I highly recommend the story but I also recommend that you have a box of Kleenex with you because it is an emotional rollercoaster of a story.
To pick just one character to like is really hard because I loved them all. Ava for her tenacity to become a motorcycle dispatcher, Olivia for her love of motorcycles and bravery, and Florence for her grit to survive after losing her family and becoming one of the first people to arrive on a scene of a bombing. All three show that women can do what men do just as well and even better than a man.
Soraya Lane's writing is impeccable and totally brilliant with historical fiction. I felt like I was there within the pages watching everything unfold. It felt like I was a friend of all 3 women. She made the story come alive...I was totally invested until the end. I will be looking for the rest of Soraya Lane's historical fiction books. This is the 4th historical fiction book I have read and enjoyed by the author. I also love the explanation of the book at the end about how many Wrens lost their lives in WWII and how many were motorcycle dispatchers. Soraya also explained that some of the historical aspects were changed, dates of speeches, to fit in the timeline of the book.
Highly recommend this book. I can't say this enough....it was truly a wonderful and magnificant story.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read an advanced digital copy of this book. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. These are my words and my words alone they may not be eloquent but they are from the heart.
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What a great book and I must say one of the reasons is that it wasn't overly long and drawn out as some books can be.
This is a wonderful historical fiction book about The Blitz, London, 1941 and what the women did for the war effort. Olivia, Ava and Florence are all strong, courageous and find the support and friendship they need in each other during such tumultuous times.
The author has brought to life this story, a story we have heard before, a war we all know but she has given us a story we can relate to, one in which we can feel the emotion and fear in and one that immerses you into London in an era we have only ever read about.
This book is so real, the characters are so real and it is a book I just couldn't put down. I highly recommend it to any lover of historical fiction or anyone who wants to read a great story.
I'm a sucker for anything related to WWII, London, the Blitz - so sign me right up. This is the first book I've encountered about the female motorcycle dispatch riders and ambulance drivers of wartime England, so kudos to the author for finding a unique niche in a topic (WWII) that has been explored to death in historical fiction.
Multiple protagonists can be tricky - they are often reduced to a trope (the funny one, the smart one, etc.) and remain one-dimensional throughout. That's not the case here - each of our three heroines is a full-fleshed human being we come to know and care about. I like brevity - I don't want to feel that a 300-page book could have been condensed into 200 pages without losing something essential - and I didn't feel that way here. The pacing is right, the imagery and detail are vivid, and the book is well-researched. Keep in mind that this is historical fiction and not history (i.e. based on a true story, and not the true story). For example, some historical details (dates of speeches) were wrong, but the author explains (in a wonderful endnote that provides fantastic historical context) that these details have been changed to fit the book's timeline.
Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK/Lake Union Publishing for this ARC.
I am a forever fan of Soraya M. Lane and her WWII novels. This is another captivating article written by Soraya that is an absolute page-turner and is hard to put down, I finished it less than 24 hours!
Set in London during the infamous Blitz that began in 1940, three women find themselves scrambling to do whatever they can to help the war effort in London. Ava, Olivia and Florence are all apart of the WRENS, yet when a new and unique opportunity arises to becoming motorcycle dispatchers and be apart of the program that delivers top secret messages all over London, the three answer a calling they feel deep within. The London Girls is a tale of bravery, perseverance, duty, womanhood, love and loss, and so much more.
I absolutely adored the bond, friendship and sisterhood that these three women developed and Soraya did such a good job at bringing it to life. As the reader, I felt the gut-wrenching heartache that was inevitable in the women's lives during that time as well as their own personal battles they fought. I smiled during their happy moments and felt a depth of sadness when they grieved and lost. I think it is fascinating when an author can make the reader feel such emotion for the characters.
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.
I greatly enjoyed The London Girls by Soraya M Lane. One of my favorite genres is WWII fiction, especially if it involves strong female leads. This novel ticked all my boxes and provided me much enjoyment. I love how the plot moved forward through three different female perspectives. It was refreshing to see the storyline progress through a variety viewpoints and experiences. I also appreciate that the author tackled the subject of female messenger motorcycle drivers during the war. This is a role I have not heard about, so I found it very educational. and am interested in learning more. In addition, depicting a dangerous male dominated profession filled by women is both empowering and inspiring. My only criticism is in regards to the ending. I feel that the outcome for one of the characters was somewhat sexist and directly conflicted with the themes of female independence, empowerment, and sponsorship. Even so, this was still a great read and recommended for fans of historical fiction.
Soraya M. Lane has written another great book that takes place during WWII. This time it is about the female motorcycle riders that deliver time sensitive messages. I was not aware that these brave women put them selves in such danger to deliver messages. These women should be remembered with honour and the world should know about their bravery.
Along with the story of great friendships formed and new and lost love it was a most enjoyable book.
In this book we mainly follow 3 courageous women during ww2, 2 as motorcycledispatchers and one as a ambulance driver.
For me this book was abour surviving, tragisk loss, family, the strong bond between women and some rays of sunshine.
What is it about me and reading books about strong women? I Just devoured the book. It makes me feel good inside , people standing up for themselves and eachother. I highly recomnend this book.
Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest opinion
Soraya M. Lane could publish her grocery list, and I would still love it😅😂❤️
The way the story just fluidly go from one scene to another was just spectacular, if we're talking actual plot, it wasn't really dense or full of subplots, but it felt like everything was written in such a vivid way that truly made me feel as if I was there with them.
Soraya writes the best relationships ever, she focuses so much on the human connection between her characters and knows how to proceed with each's story.
The characters were so loveable and brave, they gave so much pride of female power, each one of the three girls touched a certain place in my heart, I truly can't think of a better trio.
The ending was so bittersweet, I loved having closure, but I mourned the end of an amazing book.
* I received an ARC of this book through netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
The London Girls by Soraya M. Lane is a standalone story set during World War 2.
I have read many books set during the war and this is the first one that has broached the subject of female motorbike dispatchers. Historically based, with some artistic licence, explained in an author's note at the end of the story, I was emotionally invested in this book from start to finish.
The three women, strangers when they met at recruitment for motorbike dispatchers, each had a particular reason why they wanted the job. Each of them was very different, yet the women bonded quickly.
Following their stories had me running a whole gamut of emotions. One moment I would be laughing, or sighing, the next I would be reaching for a tissue. This book had the perfect balance of light and dark so that I never felt an overwhelming sense of sadness despite the time it was set in and the hardships faced.
Soraya M. Lane has now been added to my list of authors whose books I must read. I hope they will all be as good as this one!
Historical fiction fans can't go wrong with this book. Loved learning about these daring motorcycle drivers. I was thoroughly immersed in the chapters. A fantastic read!
Book Title: London Girls
Author: Soraya M. Lane
Publisher: Amazon UK~ Lake Union Publishing
Genre: WWII - Historical Fiction
Pub Date: November 8, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
They are daredevils who risk their lives to deliver top secret messages/documents in one of the most dangerous cities in Britain. They are told
“You deliver the documents, even if it kills you”.
This story follows Olivia, Ava and Florence who are known as “The Flying Wrens”. Olivia and Ava who are WWII motorcycle dispatch drivers. Florence was an ambulance driver during the Blitz, rescuing survivors from the rubble and fires around London. All three women had extremely dangerous jobs, exposing themselves to truly scary situations through the bombings inflicted on London.
(Review from the author)I'm so excited to share my next historical WWII novel with you all.
From the moment I read about women riding motorcycles in London during the war, delivering classified memos all over England, I knew I had to write a story about them! I was also fascinated by the female ambulance drivers who risked so much to drive their ambulances as bombs fell on London, and in the direct aftermath of destruction.
Personal Note: I am sure I am not alone in stating I never heard of the female motorcycle dispatch riders~ so yes! this was definitely interesting.
I really am not a fan of WWII novels. This is my second Soraya M. Lane Historical Fiction. I read and love "The Italian Daughter" and now call myself as a fan!
I love reading the Author’s Note as well as her Acknowledgements.
In her Author Notes she tells us that her inspiration is history but worked in some of her creative imagination. She does site what was fact and what is creative writing. She tells us in her Acknowledgements that her desire is to give a voice to women. Based on facts she explores the war from the female perspective.
Want to thank NetGalley and Amazon UK ~ Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this early eGalley.
Three girls riding motorcycles in the Blitz is an amazing idea. The execution though was poor. We have as the usual motive of these novels three parallel stories. Ava’s, Olivia’s, and Florence’s. Ava is the privileged one who’s having an affair with a much older superior. Olivia is the logical one. Florence is the hurt one, with her dead parents. It’s the same motive over and over again. I would like a little more writing diversity, because the idea was really excellent. It’s really slow in the beginning. We could have read from one girl’s POV who posted where. I didn’t like Ava. She was very vain. She seemed so oblivious to the war and it seemed that she where doing all this war effort just to be seen. After awhile I just didn’t care to read more. Although I did like the bond these girls had. But aside from all of that, it was as ever a great story. Soraya Lane did again a wonderful job at letting you feel it. All of it. The despair, the sadness, the love, the hope.
Yet Another Realistic Fiction Of WWII. Lane does a tremendous amount of research for all of her WWII historical novels, then takes licenses where needed to tell the story she is trying to tell within that setting, and this tale is no different. Yet again Lane manages to bring a spotlight to a particularly deadly role in the war, that of the female motorcycle dispatch riders in the UK -where in the author's note Lane reveals that of the 303 women killed in the line of duty (of 100,000 serving), roughly one third of them were these very riders.
And yet, even in this realism we also get a remarkable sense of who these characters are and some of their all-too-real motivations, as is also typical of a Lane tale. You're going to fall in love with these women and their men, and that makes the tragedies of war all too real for the reader as well.
The only modicum of anything remotely negative here is likely at least parts of the epilogue, where Lane falls into tropes all too common in romance books (which this could *maybe* qualify as, as well?)... but here again, given the events of the years immediately after the war... even this particular thing is more real than not, and thus contributes to the very "mostly accurate" depiction Lane strives for and achieves.
Ultimately this tale does exactly what Lane set out to do - highlight these women most have never really known about, and tell tales of their lives that are all too plausible in every respect. Very much recommended.
Soraya M. Lane has become one of my all time favorite authors. Over the years, I have read many of her books and have never been disappointed. When I saw that she had written a new book, The London Girls, I was so excited to read it! All of Soraya M. Lane’s books, so far, have brilliantly linked an aspect of World War II with strong female protagonists. I really enjoy her books because I always learn something new about this period in history and it almost always revolves around something accomplished by women. The London Girls was no exception. It was well paced and the character development was brilliant. I felt like I had a real connection with each and every one of the characters by the time I finished reading The London Girls. The images that Soraya M. Lane created and portrayed throughout this book were so very painstakingly vivid and real especially those that centered around the devastation of The Blitz. The London Girls took place in London in 1941 during The Blitz.
In The London Girls, Soraya M. Lane, portrayed the brave and heroic efforts of female motorcycle dispatch riders that were recruited during World War II. These female motorcycle dispatch riders were essential to the war effort in delivering time sensitive classified memos throughout England. When the men who had been performing this very crucial job we’re needed at the front, the Navy decided to recruit and train women Wrens to replace the men. Some women were also recruited as ambulance drivers.
When the order came down from the Navy for Wrens to apply for the positions of motorcycle dispatch riders, three very different women applied. Ava, Olivia and Florence were excited about the prospect of being selected for one of the positions. Unfortunately, Florence did not have what it took but since she was so skilled at driving she was recommended to become an ambulance driver. Ava and Olivia were both granted spots. Olivia had been the only one of the three that had actually ever ridden a motorcycle before. She grew up as the only sister of three older brothers. Her older brother Petey had taught her. The three women started off as strangers to each other but quickly forged beautiful friendships with each other. They each put their lives in danger every time they rode their motorcycles through the darkened streets of London to deliver a top secret memo that could possibly help sway the war in favor of an allied victory. There was always the fear of German planes dropping bombs in their path or not seeing an obstacle in the road and crashing the motorcycle or the unthinkable. Ava and Olivia pledged from the start that no matter what happened they would deliver the memos even if it meant running to their destinations.
Then there was Florence who insisted on taking her ambulance out as soon as the sirens began to sound. The sirens warned those that heard them to take cover and get to the nearest shelter immediately. Florence felt that if she waited for the all clear siren to sound it would be too late to help those that were trapped, stuck or severely injured. Her ambulance was often right behind the fire trucks. She put herself in harms way every shift she worked. The bombs that fell over London produced so much rubble from the houses that collapsed and fires became abundant all over London. The ambulance drivers bravely entered houses that could collapse at any moment in the hope of saving even one life.
Each one of these brave and courageous women, Ava, Olivia and Florence, experienced their share of personal tragedies, trauma and challenges. They each wanted to do their part, though, in serving their country. They knew the risks they were taking but did their jobs professionally and proficiently. Through Ava, Olivia and Florence the true meaning of friendship, courage and love were exemplified and realized. They displayed compassion, grit, determination, strength and courage.
I really enjoyed reading The London Girls by Soraya M. Lane. I still find myself thinking about the characters. They really left a lasting impression on me. I had not been aware that there were female motorcycle dispatch riders during this war. So often, these women’s contributions are swept under the rug and not acknowledged. I so appreciate that Soraya M. Lane discovered what these women accomplished during World War II, researched it and made me aware of how these women did what they did selflessly and bravely. In her author’s notes, she mentioned some of the actual people she based her book on and some of the actual places and occurrences that really happened. She also clarified her leniency with some of the dates she used in the books so that they would fit in the context and timeline of the book. Soraya M. Lane is a masterful storyteller. I highly recommend this book.
Thank you to Lake Union Publishers for allowing me to read this ARC of The London Girls by Soraya M. Lane through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Publication is set for November 8, 2022.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
The book is about the stories of three fearless women.
Both Olivia and Ava worked as dispatch riders driving motorcycles to deliver top secret messages to the British military. Florence, an ambulance driver during the Blitz, saving from those that she could from rubble and fires in and around London.
Doing dangerous jobs, facing scary situations as the bombs were thrown on London. The three women had gone through personal tragedies, but the friendship they shared helped them through it all.
I highly recommend this book.
Soraya Lane is one of my “go to” authors. I know when she has a new book, I will love it! But I have to say…this may be my favorite yet!!! What an emotional story about 3 young women contributing to the war effort! Their stories will make you laugh and cry and feel like you know them personally! Absolutely loved it!!!
I just adore this authors books and this was amazing! I fell in love with all these characters. I countnt put this book down! Highly highly recommend!
Lane has written a great fictional account of three gutsy women who jump at the chance to sign up for the most dangerous jobs in WWII London. Each of the main characters is their own unique and complex personality and you will grow to root for them and their journeys. The only drawback for me is that I can’t stand cheating/infidelity in my characters/stories; it’s something that always puts me off. Other than that, this book is a well-written untold chapter in women’s history and I’m glad to have read it. I especially appreciated the additional historical info in the author’s note.
I received this eARC thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK in exchange for an honest review. Publishing dates are subject to change.
Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy of The London Girls by Soraya Lane. I loved it! This style of story is totally my jam.
The story follows three women: Ava, Olivia, and Florence. The ladies try out to be motorcycle delivery drivers who deliver urgent war messages throughout London and the surrounding area.
It's fun to read about women riding motorcycles! I didn't find Ava all that likeable at the beginning, but I came around by the end. Olivia and Flo were likeable from the beginning, and Flo's grandma is a shining star in a secondary character along with George and Jack.
I really wish the cover was different - wish it had a motorcycle on it!
Great story, lots of action, and a dash of romance kept me flipping the pages fast!
Another great 5 star book from Soraya. Following 3 WRENS Olivia, Ava and Florence through their experiences during WW2. The 3 girls meet up at Motorcycle dispatch driver training. 2 make it through training and 1 goes on to become an Ambulance Driver. It’s a powerful read as women were only just being accepted in this role. Thanks to Soraya and her publisher. Also thanks to NetGalley.
Set in devastated London during The Blitz of WWII, The London Girls is all about friendships, courage, survival, romance, grief and hope in the midst of unspeakable horrors of war. In order to free up men for the front lines, women were needed to fill male-dominated jobs including dispatching packages by motorcycles and ambulance drivers. Three young ladies, all WRNS, were selected, two for driving motorcycles and one to drive an ambulance. Olivia, Ava and Florence were from very different backgrounds and met whilst applying for the positions. They became loyal friends and colleagues and shared their lives...and secrets. As bombs dropped, causing physical and mental agony, life continued, though very differently. The sole focus became survival.
The girls played a huge role, much to the chagrin of some with traditional viewpoints, but they also impressed and proved themselves under incredible pressure. Aside from the fast-paced action, there is romance as well as making poor choices. But the girls grew and matured throughout. They had to. War was their reality.
My favourite aspects are the friendships between the women as well as learning more about the dangerous delivery system which was critical, even at the cost of lives. Do be sure to read the author's notes about her inspiration and research which prompted me to read more about it.
My sincere thank you to Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this fabulous book.
Based on true events, this WWII novel takes readers into the throes of war in London. Three women, each from different backgrounds set out to be motorcycle dispatch drivers to relieve the men for other duties. Through their eyes will readers will experience the dangerous mission. One will become an ambulance driver helping rescue many during this horrible time. Realistic, heartbreaking and informative. Recommended.
Just like all books by Ms. Lane, this was amazing!
This is a story of 3 friends, who become more like sisters over the course of their careers as WRN's, or Wrens, as they were nicknamed. They were pioneers during a tumultuous time in London's history, also known as The Blitz. Florence was an ambulance driver, and Olivia and Ava became motorcycle couriers.
Their lives, their families and their loves are what keep these women going, day by day, through the constant danger of being caught in a bombing blitz. They all entered these professions under different motivations, but were determined to keep at it because the roles they filled were extremely important to the war effort.
Be prepared with tissues near by, there are many happy moments but also some very sad moments. If you're a lover of historical fiction, please read this book, you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.
Soraya M. Lane is one of my favorite authors of Women's WWII Historical Fiction. Her latest release stars three young, unforgettable women whose story will stay with you long after you have read the last word. Five Stars seems almost inadequate to rate this phenomenal work. This is one of those books that will have you have living this intense drama with every word that is read. Olivia, Ava, and Florence come from different walks of life, but they all joined the WRENS – The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS – popularly and officially known as the Wrens) was the women's branch of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. They felt compelled to serve their country and then felt an even higher calling and volunteered for much riskier services than working in offices as Secretaries. Olivia and Ava became motorcycle couriers, daredevils of a sort, carrying top-secret messages that contain information that will help save London. Their trips sometimes take up to ten hours round trip and that is with them riding at breakneck speed and with their headlamps on only when necessary to avoid being seen by searchlighlights and drawing bombs or other artillery their way. They were told to deliver the messages even if it meant sacrificing their own lives. Florence becomes an ambulance driver amidst the bombings of London. Each of them live lives of quiet desperation. They form a bond that is closer than family. They face things together in a short period of time that most people never encounter in a lifetime. They are each other's sounding boards, supporters, encouragers, pillars of faith, and love each other fiercely. War pushes people beyond what they can imagine they can survive and that is what these three friends face. Each of them stared death in the face at one time or another, whether it was their own, the life of a loved one, the life of a friend, or a family member.
This book is a reminder of The Greatest Generation of people who lived lives when cannot even imagine! Their sacrifices have paid the way for us to live in freedom and enjoy lives and comforts this generation would have never dreamed about. This is one of my Top Ten Books of 2022.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Lake Union Publishing & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Three woman are recruited to try to be motorcycle message carriers during WW2. One of the women gets recruited to be an ambulance driver instead. The other two pass.
I adore the author's books, and knew I HAD to read THE LONDON GIRLS, especially as it's set during the WWII blitz, a time that continually draws me.
One of Soraya's hallmarks as a writer is to humanize horrific times in history, and she does that beautifully here through three female characters, Olivia, Ava, and Florence, who become motorcycle dispatch riders delivering top-secret orders. They risk their lives traversing London's dangerous streets as Nazi bombs drop. What a story, one I dare you to put down once you read the first page. It's thrilling, heartbreaking, must-read historical fiction!
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Soraya Lane for the chance to read this ARC in return for my honest opinion.
I have read other books by the author which have tended to be more harrowing and somehow much more difficult reads - it’s really hard to articulate.
So this was a pleasant surprise. The story of 3 Wrens fed up with secretarial pool jobs who volunteer to become dispatch riders however one is transferred to ambulance driving in light of her skills at driving 4 wheels rather than 2.
The book has love, tragedy and lots of bravery and the terrors of wartime London.
One character is infuriating but eventually sees the error of her ways, one sees so much tragedy that you think how can one family cope with it all then something terrible happens and you realise that this type of thing went on all over the country for so many families. I am a child of the late 50s so have no first hand knowledge of WW2
The writing is easy to follow. The only part that stretched my credibility was where one character had an accident on the outskirts of London and then we were given the impression she walked to Plymouth to deliver her important dispatch - which of course is impossible. It was almost as if a section had been removed from the script.
However this still doesn’t mean the book doesn’t deserve 5 stars
Great historical fiction
London 1940 WW2.
Ava Williamson at a temporary posting in Norfolk House. The dashing general Armstrong, her time with him has been interesting and she is falling for this married man. A bit of flirting means no harm to them both she is his little sailor.
The navy is recruiting for motorcycle dispatch riders and Ava is all for the job and applies now to talk around the general and most of all her parents, it's a twenty four hour job delivering all over England and makes firm friends with Olivia Blakely and Florence New they become the London girls.
Wow what a story that I so enjoyed right through, with action and gripping chapters to be enjoyed. I loved it all from the start right till the end. 5 stars
The London Girls
Review Score: 4 Stars
Five Key Feels
-I was immediately taken by the friendship of Ava, Olivia, and Florence.
-The story was so engrossing, I felt that I was in London during the Blitz.
-It was really interesting to learn about how women became drivers to help the war effort.
-No spoilers, but there were so much anguish in this book, you could feel how the characters felt during war.
-I really enjoyed how the story was wrapped up.
The London Girls was kindly provided as an ARC by Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing. Thank you for allowing me to read this wonderful book!
Release Date: 11/8/22
The London Girls is an intense, engrossing story about women who became motorcycle and ambulance drivers during World War 2. The three women, Ava, Olivia, and Florence, all come from different paths, but are united in their desire to support the war effort, and each other.
I loved the character development in this story, as well as the detail that was put into this time period. I really felt like I was there during the Blitz, and was riding along with these girls as they worked.
I did not know much about women drivers prior to this, and really enjoyed reading about them.
I definitely recommend this book! It was so well written.
Brilliant book loved reading yet another lovely story that has you hooked readers will also love this well done Soraya M. Lane 5*
Women filled in in almost every conceivable role that one could Imagine during WWII. What attracted me to The London Girls was the fact they rode motorcycles. I ride a Harley and so I identified with these brave gallant ladies.
I knew very little about the women dispatchers who braved the roads to roar the messages for delivery. It’s an exciting read about WRNS and the extent and lengths they went to deliver the messages no matter what.
Ava, Olivia, and Florence experience love, loss, pain, exhilaration, and patriotism and they were all brave souls.
Throw a leg over and ride into this little known path Of WWII.
The bombing of London during the height of the Second World War is source of endless material for historic fiction. The London Girls from Soraya M Lane is one such story based around the dangerous life of the dispatch riders, who as the war dragged endlessly onward were all women volunteering from the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS; popularly and officially known as the Wrens).
It is 1940 and the British government has made the decision to replace the male dispatch riders with women which was not received well in the very definitely male driven corridors of power, but as the decision had been made women were being recruited to take on the dangerous, highly secretive work of carrying information across the length and breadth of London and further afield.
Ava, headstrong and somewhat spoilt is WREN working for a dashing General as his secretary when her attention is drawn to the poster advertising for recruits. Knowing nothing about motorcycles, she decides, as she is in ‘love with the General that it will give her a perfect opportunity to see the General after hours. She applies and is accepted to the course.
Olivia, also a WREN and experience motorcycle rider, working in the same Ministry is more than keen to apply and does so knowing full well she is more than capable of doing the work required. Florence also a WREN is hesitant to apply but when she meets Olivia on her way out of the Admiral’s office, she tentatively wonders if it is something she can do.
The three women decide to meet at the local Pub to talk through the exciting situation of ‘motorcycles’ and decide to enroll and see what happens. When the three women find themselves fronting up to Commander MacIntosh, call me Commander Mac, facing the first of the stringent tests, namely riding a motorcycle, they are entering a new, dangerous life which will test all three to the very limits of their emotions and lives.
Ava and Livi make the course for dispatch riders while Flo, is seconded to the Ambulance division for her excellent driving skills with a motor vehicle. Flo has deep secret and is suffering for the tragic loss of her family in one of the earlier London bombings and is not at all sure she will be able to do this job at all, let alone well.
Beautifully written The London Girls portrays well the fear, bravery, horror, enduring love and friendship that was created during these terrible years, as well as paying tribute to the many dispatch riders who undertook terrifying, dangerous work, many giving their lives to aid the war effort.
While there are some small historic inaccuracies in the storyline, Soraya Lane points these out in her Authors Notes, as well detailing a little of the history of the dangerous day of the devastating German bombing, which is the day Ava has her accident and where the story begins.
I enjoyed this book and learning about the WREN motorcycle riders. I felt for the characters and all that they went through. Highly recommend this book. I received a free e-copy from Netgalley.
THE LONDON GIRLS by Soraya M. Lane is a compelling and beautifully-written work of historical fiction that tells of the brave women who served as motorcycle dispatch riders and ambulance drivers during World War II when London and its environs were being constantly bombed by the Germans. I have read and enjoyed many of this author’s historical novels and I love that I always learn something I didn’t know about this time period. Her characters are strong and courageous women whose heroic efforts played a crucial role in the outcome of the war. In the LONDON GIRLS, three young women sign up with the Women’s Royal Navy Service (WRENS) for a chance to become motorcycle dispatch riders, delivering highly-classified and time-sensitive orders across the country. Ava, Olivia and Florence each have personal reasons for joining up despite the grave danger they know they will face. Their bond of friendship and service sees them through many devastating events. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, but also full of emotion. I couldn’t put this book down. The vivid descriptions brought this story to life for me. I was blown away by the bravery and resilience of these women in the face of the most harrowing conditions imaginable. THE LONDON GIRLS is a gripping and memorable story and I highly recommend it. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read and review an early copy.
I love reading books about WW2 - especially ones set in London. The London Girls opened my eyes to a part of the war effort of which I had no past knowledge: women delivering highly classified orders all over England via motorcycles.
The London Girls is narrated by three women: Ava and Olivia who end up as part of the motorcycle dispatch crew and Florence who can out maneuver just about anyone behind the wheel of an ambulance. Each woman has her own reasons for taking risks during The London Blitz. But they soon develop a strong bond and create their own family as they face so many perils in their day to day lives.
If you enjoy historical novels with strong female leads, this book is for you. I am so glad I picked up The London Girls and learned about another important role that women played in the WW2 war effort and eventual victory.
Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Soraya M. Lane for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. The London Girls is available 11/08/2022.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy!
The London Girls is a historical fiction, in which the author follows the stories of three different women who work very hard to do the jobs of men who were needed at the front line.
It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and I absolutely loved all three main characters! The storytelling is impeccable and gripping!
It is basically world war II period with women empowerment and sitting on the edge of your seat ALL the time while reading!
I could not recommend more!
Soraya Lane has another wonderful story in The London Girls. Ms. Lane writes a book about WWII historical fiction that will come to life in your hands. This is a well written story with so much detail, you know it was researched well. The plot is perfectly paced and will make you cry. Three women in very unique roles that face some dangerous and deadly situations. This phenomenal story has friendship, courage, bravery and love but also has tragedy and loss. These women face challenges I never thought possible. Based on historical facts, I find it refreshing to learn so much while reading a book. This book has left me speechless and very sad. Ms. Lane had me on the edge of my seat throughout this story. I highly recommend this one if you enjoy WWII historical fiction. This is a good one!!!
Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Soraya Lane for an advanced copy of this brilliant book!!! My thoughts are my own.
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Soraya M. Lane does it again. She has artfully, respectfully, and skillfully researched and portrayed World War II history from the rare perspective of the women in the Royal Navy who were recruited to be motorcycle dispatch riders to "free up the men to be on the front lines."
Stories, based on actual historical accounts, are retold from the perspective of three women- Olivia, Ava, and Florence- these women prove their skill, drive, and dedication to the cause as they covertly deliver pivotal classified orders and information throughout London and the surrounding country even during the bomb raids that destroyed families, homes and entire neighborhoods of London.
Through all of this, these women find a new kind of family in one another through excitement, romance, tragedy, and healing.
A beautiful story about friendship, love and loss.
We meet Florence, Olivia and Ava when they try out to be motorcycle dispatch riders during the war.
Olivia grew up riding motorcycles with her brothers and feels she is perfect for the job. Ava is vivacious and a charmer and she is drawn into the excitement of the job. Florence has lost her family and vows to help in the war effort. Florence ends up driving ambulances and works with a man who has also had a tremendous loss.
Lane always draws me in with her characters. I adored this novel and the women and their stories.
“You deliver those documents, even if it kills you.”
Thats the words that The Flying Wrens - motorcycle dispatch riders in WWII were told when they signed up to deliver important messages via motorbike.
A true historical novel where these events happened during WWII.
This is a story of three brave women who decide to take on a challenge which could cost their lives. A story about friendship, loss, family and i was captivated right from the very beginning.
I felt like I was there within the pages watching everything happen. I felt like I was a friend of all 3 of these brave women. I will be looking for the rest of Soraya Lane's historical fiction books as im now a fan of this author.
I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in WWII.
All of my of my opinions are my own and aren't influenced by anyone else.
I loved this book as I have done with all of the books written by the author.
I was captivated from beginning to the end, crying at times, laughing and smiling also as I was swept along with the strong and brave characters in the book. The
Mixing historical fact with fiction, bringing together this time in history to explain the bravery and dedication of these (mostly) female motorcycle riders, delivering important and secret messages during the war. The story tells of lives lost and the strong friendships made between Olivia, Ava and Florence all from very different backgrounds.
A wonderful read.
Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing!
I love the woman empowerment, the sisterhood and the friendships found within this book.
Despite a few sad parts this was a very light, easy and simple read.
The perfect pallet cleanser!
Starts off with a bang, literally… a WWII drama based on the WREN’s who took on the dangerous role of courier bikers and ambulance drivers in London for the war effort.
A book about The Flying Wrens: All-female British dispatch riders of WWII which has not been widely written about.
Fictional but fact based with particular blitz dates used.
Strong female characters, with very different backgrounds with initially, being a part of the Women’s Royal Naval Service the only thing they had in common.
Well written, easy to read with three stories that cross paths due to the work Florence, Olivia and Ava do for their country. The unfolding of their stories is heartwarming, and heartbreaking with multiple layers.
Just all round fabulous storytelling. The emotion that rolls off the pages in the final part is brilliant writing hands down.
Highly recommend, this is my second book by this author and I’m already eyeing up the others already written!
My second Soraya M. Lane book and I highly enjoyed it! I just love her style of writing. Very engaging and free flowing.
It's a story about WW II and the time of the Blitz in London. It focuses on three ladies. Ava, Florence, and Olivia. The women are part of the WREN (Women's Royal Naval Service) who were established in 1940. As many more men were needed to fight the enemy front lines the Navy made a call out for current WRENS to apply to become, "Motorcycle dispatch riders." These riders were very important as they would be delivering top secret messages all across the country and into Scotland when needed...day or night. The story focuses on Ava and Olivia who become one of these riders and Florence who becomes an Ambulance driver.
Each of the three stories are very engaging. I felt many different emotions while reading this book and I loved how the focus was on the women and their courageous efforts. It was nice to read in the Author's notes at the end that parts of the story were based on factual people and events.
I'd like to Kindly thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK, and Lake Union Publishing for granting me access to this Advance Reader Copy.
Soraya Lane has become one of those authors that I want to read absolutely everything that she writes. Each book draws the reader into a particular time and place and makes them feel like they are a part of the story. I love this book.
Another beautifully told story about women in World War 2, as Soraya M Lane does so well showing the strength and courage that they had, this one follows three woman who sign up for the navy to become motorcycle dispatch riders, they become true friends as they journey through the blitz bombings in 1941, come along and meet Ava, Olivia and Florence and do make sure you have tissues ready.
Ava is loving her job as a WREN, her life at home with her father is not the best and this job gives her some freedom, but when she sees the advertisement about the motorcycle riders she sees this as more adventure and freedom for her, and once Ava sets her mind to something nothing stands in her way.
Olivia also a WREN has driven motorcycles since she was a young girl and can’t wait to get back on one, and do more for the war effort transporting important documents around England in very dangerous times, she is engaged to Leo who is away fighting with her brothers.
Florence knows what it is like to lose loved ones having lost her family in one of the first bombings she wants to do more and help, she had been training as a nurse before the war and is now living with her beloved grandmother.
When these three girls meet the friendship is instant even though they are all different people from different lives but friends are friends and we see them grow up change through such dangerous times, becoming closer as the bombs tear London apart and riding motorcycles through bombings is not easy, Florence is now driving ambulances and rescuing as many people as she can.
These girls call themselves The London Girls and stand firm friends, as they find love and themselves, their hearts will be broken as well in these very hard times, I loved all three of these girls especially Ava to see her change so much through her journey, this is a fabulous story that I would highly recommend, beautiful and emotional.
My thanks to Netgalley for my copy to read and review.
Soraya Lane has written another WWII book that portrays courageous, strong women stepping up to do their part in the war. Ava, Florence and Olivia each have reasons motivating them to become ambulance drivers or motorcycle dispatch riders in London, 1940. They quickly bond and bravely face their wartime jobs and lives.
The London Girls is a great read that grips you right from the very start.
It's set in London during the Blitz in WW2 and follows three brave, courageous young women who volunteer their services for the war effort. Ava and Olivia train to become motorcycle dispatch riders, while their newfound friend Florence heads off to drive an ambulance, taking casualties from the nightly bombings to the hospital.
Faced with opposition on all sides, the trio band together to find the strength they need to continue their dangerous jobs night after night. They know that if all else fails, they will always have each other, and it's this strong bond that unites them despite their vastly different backgrounds and circumstances. Indeed, although this is primarily a story about the war, it's as much about the power of friendship as it is about fighting the enemy and joining the war effort.
All three of these women are inspirational, both in the context of the book and also today. It's incredible to think that this is based on a true story - while Ava, Olivia, and Florence may be fictional characters, many of the tasks they complete in the story were really carried out by real women during the war. These women stood their ground, determined to do their bit for the country despite facing massive adversity. It's great that The London Girls highlights their sacrifices, and brings their story into the light again today.
An immersive read with family at its heart, The London Girls is another great historical fiction novel from author Soraya M. Lane.
Thanks to Net Gallery for the ARC copy.
An unforgottable novel, with unforgottable charachers. Three woman (Olivia, Ava and Florence, all different but all determined) in serch of their identy during the WWII, between friendship, love and death. The story of the Wren and the motorcycle dispatch riders during the Blitz is thrilling and moving, but also shows the strenght and the will to protect the Country even in the worse adversity (such as wartime) from who is (well... was, at that time) supposed to stay home just waiting for things to happen and for man to came home. These woman, instead, fight for their country and for their life in spite of bombs, blackouts and infinite dangers.
I loved this WW11 book that follows the lives of three very brave girls who volunteer to be motorbike dispatch riders.
The blitz in London was a very scary & dangerous place to be, but these girls faced danger everyday, to deliver important top secret messages that must be delivered at all costs.
It could cost them there lives & for so many It did as they put there country before their own safety.
Three women Olivia, Florence & Ava joined the Wrens when war broke out & are all feeling they could do more than they are.
When they see an opening for dispatch riders they all apply, not realising they will be laying their life on the line & it could be the death of them should they get through the training.
Although fictional the author has done their work well researching all the facts about dispatch riders during the blitz.
This one drew me in slowly as the brilliant storyline enfolded with its heartwarming, emotional & heartbreaking content.
This is a multilayered story where these girls sacrificed everything to do their bit for their country.
Strong friendships are made & will last a lifetime.
Brilliantly told story that although slower at start developed & grew throughout into a powerful captivating read.
During the 1941 Blitz in London, three brave women sign up to do their best as motorcycle dispatch riders and ambulance drivers, braving the dangerous streets and roads over England. Staying alive and doing their part for their country takes all they have to keep going. Well written historical fiction.
I have read many WWII historical novels, but this one was especially well done. I had not read about the motorcycle dispatch riders. These three women were determined to help their country, though societal norms in the time were that women stayed out of the work place, and made a home for their husbands and children. They were brave and passionate and real heroes. Definitely worth reading! Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read the ARC.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ebook version. I enjoyed this book based on WWII. I have read several historical fiction books but never one about women being couriers on motorcycles. I loved the way the author had several different stories all intertwined into one amazing book. If your looking for a different take on a historical fiction book read this.
I loved this book! The story was an intriguing look at female motorcycle riders, and their contributions to the war efforts. The characters were so relatable I couldn't put the book down. A must read for historical fiction fans.
This is a book that doesn’t deserve to be put down! Joining the Wrens for various reasons, Ava for the freedom away from her controlling father, Florence to get away from her memories after losing her family in the blitz and Olivia to honour her brothers who are away fighting in the war. The girls soon become friends, meeting up when they get the chance. They even share family, notably Grandma Ivy who made me think of my own.
I read this book late into the night as I worried about the girls going about the city doing dangerous war work.
It’s the first book I’ve read about despatch riders. I had never thought about people during this time feeling guilty about being happy for birthdays, weddings etc when there was so much destruction and lose of life going on round about them.
3 Wrens all are tempted by the offer to swap their admin roles at Norfolk House to become dispatch riders based from London releasing the men to the front line where they are needed for the War effort
Yes it's the 2nd World and its set in 1941 any things are changing it may of seemed strange at the time its a very different era! Ava a confident and beautiful lady (the authors descption not me being sexist she is described as a head turner and she loves it. Her new friends Olivia and Florence (Flo) are aot calmer and all prove more than able in the roles they take on and are a vital cog in the war machine that gave us victory. Hope that's not a plot spoiler but think most people know we won the war (the Allies) and its the men and women of the time that gave their lives and so much that we can have the life we have today. Times were a lot harder than they are today but think that's well established despite Covid and Putin.
Anyhow back to this wonderful novel that highlights just how valuable the women were as well as the men and the often forgotten but vital role they played. This plot has a lot of veriity a that I loved a touch of romance (not my favourite but this was really week done) lots of action in truth as it was at that time. I really enjoyed the characters the back stories how well it all was quilted together. There was a lot of loss family friends all loved one unfortunately that's what happened. I never realised the skill and bravery that these Ladies had to ride motorbikes at night with their lights of much of the time to avoid being seen in the blitz. If I see others driving or riding without lights at night now I can honestly say I don't have respect. Our heroines and the many others that actually did this wow no matter who they were it tooks guts. Bombs also created obstacles as well as killed.
Obviously that was all a big part of this great Novel but there was also the relationships the friendship as well as the lovers and family. This as I said had it all and it is a great read if your still wondering whether to get it or not my advice is YES absolutely. This is a five star read its yes informative it's entertaining and let's you escape into another time to zone out and we'll beat see for yourself.
The thing that I love most about reading is learning something new. This is especially true for historical fiction and even more so when it’s with authors like Soraya who are so passionate and meticulous. In all my years of reading about WWII I had never heard of female motorcycle dispatch drivers (Soraya admits this as well in her author notes) so when I saw this novel was about such an intriguing topic I couldn’t resist! This is my first by her but it absolutely won’t be my last!
During the time of the London Blitz, Olivia, Ava, and Florence all respond to a notice for motorcycle dispatch drivers at the head office where they all work as Wrens for the Women’s Royal Navy Service (WRNS). Women were needed to free up men to go to the front. Each of the women has their own unique reason why they want to sign up for such a dangerous task, each compelling in their own way. Olivia and Ava pass the test and Florence has the driving skills but not the motorcycle skills so she becomes an ambulance driver instead.
This gripping story is told in alternating narratives, each from a different woman’s perspective. The heart, bravery, grit, and friendship are solid throughout. Although it would seem that it would be constant sadness there are funny moments and of course poignant times as well. But, yes, keep the tissues handy.
The speed at which I added the rest of Soraya’s historical fiction catalog to my TBR list could rival Ava’s around a track.
Note: there are a few historical inaccuracies but the author explains these in her notes with good reason.
Thanks to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK, and Lake Union for an early review copy!
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