After reading The Jam Factory Girls earlier this year I couldn't wait to dive into book two to catch up with Elsie, Dot and Millie.
The girls have grown closer together, the jam factory is doing well and Millie is looking forward to her upcoming wedding to Len. However, not everything is as rosy as it would appear, as someone close to the girls hasn't got their best interests at heart and is slyly planning to take everything away from them. Will they realise before it's too late?
I love the social history which is always present in Mary's books. It's fascinating to see how times and attitudes have changed over the years. One thing that has changed, and not for the better in my opinion, is the sense of community that was around back then. Neighbours always looking out for each other and helping out as and when they could despite the fact that a lot of people had very little themselves, whereas in today's society it's not uncommon for people to have little or no interaction with their neighbours. It's this community feel that brings a lovely warmth to this book, knowing that whatever struggles Elsie, Millie and Dot face there will be someone who will try and help them out of it.
This author really knows how to stir emotions with her writing and there was one character in particular who really got my back up and just reading their name made me angry. I was crossing my fingers that their plans would fall flat and they would get their comeuppance as I felt like they were messing with my friends!
Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls is another superb book from this immensely talented author and if you're a fan of family saga's and historical fiction you need to add this to your reading list.
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With kind thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things and author Mary Wood for my review copy.