The Gunpowder and Glory Girls by Rosie Archer

Review published on October 21, 2016.

The girls in this book all work in a munitions factory. Even though the war is almost over they still work hard and are good friends who stick together through thick and thin. We meet Em and her daughter Lizzie, Goldie , a teenager with a dodgy and dangerous family, and Gladys , the work supervisor. The book follows the women as they do their dangerous work and also in their own lives as they follow birth, tragedy, danger, loss , heartache and joy with the birth of a baby and a proposal of marriage.

I felt real empathy towards some of these women. The way they had been dealt such an awful hand in life at times and they still had to contend with the complications of war.

I thought this book had a wonderful heart to it. The women could have been sisters for the relationship they had and not just friends.

The life, loves and heartache made the characters seem real and kept me glued to the pages

A real good ‘sit by the fire on a cold evening’ kind of read.

Jennifer Moville 5/5

The Gunpowder and Glory Girls by Rosie Archer
Quercus 978-1-78648-047-7 pbk 2016

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