I'm absolutely delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Brave Daughters, the fabulous new book by Mary Wood. This is the fourth and final book in The Girls Who Went To War series and although it can be read as a standalone novel, I would highly recommend that you start with the first book so that you can fully appreciate this amazing saga.
This book is set predominantly between England and France during WWII and it's the turn of the daughters to step up and do their bit for their country just as their mothers did before them. Beginning in 1939, we are re-acquainted with the families just before they find themselves dispersed across the globe when The War breaks out and the strong bonds that everyone has forged are truly tested.
The atrocities of war are always difficult to read about but Mary writes about them so deftly and as always I had a lump in my throat on more than one occasion. I was living and breathing everything that the characters were going through.
It was wonderful to catch up with all the familiar faces from the previous three books who I have come to look upon as my own family, such is the quality of Mary's writing. I was actually quite sad to finish reading The Brave Daughters knowing that there was no more to come. In my head after all the trials and tribulations that they had all battled through, they all went on to live happy and fulfilling lives and got their well deserved happily ever after.
Once again Mary Wood took me on an emotional roller coaster of a ride and it was one that I didn't want to get off. Sadly all good things must come to an end as they say but I just know that there will be another fabulous book from this very gifted author again soon, and I, for one cannot wait!
* * * *
|Photo courtesy of Mary Wood|
Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s childhood was a mixture of love and poverty. Throughout her life Mary has held various posts in office roles, working in the Probation services and bringing up her four children and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid reader, she first put pen to paper in 1989 whilst nursing her mother through her last months, but didn’t become successful until she began self-publishing her novels in 2011.
Her novels include All I Have to Give, An Unbreakable Bond, In Their Mother’s Footsteps and The Breckton Novels.
You can follow the rest of the blog tour with these great blogs
With kind thanks to author Mary Wood and Ellis Keene at Pan Macmillan for my review copy.