I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
If you’ve been following me for a while, I’m sure you already know how much I love sagas around women set during World War II. Having read (and loved) both Courage of the Shipyard Girls and Victory for the Shipyard Girls, I was really excited about reading this next instalment in the series I’m already obsessed with.
Sunderland, 1942: Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes a flurry of snow and surprises…
Against all odds, Polly’s fiancé has finally returned home from the front line. If they can keep things on an even keel, she might get the winter wedding she’s always dreamed of.
Meanwhile shipyard manager Helen is determined to move on after a turbulent year. Her sights are set on breaking the yard’s production record and no one, not even the handsome Dr Parker, is going to get in her way.
And head welder Rosie’s little sister Charlotte has turned up unannounced. Why is she back and so set on staying?
Join the shipyard girls as they navigate through life, love and war this Christmas.
Christmas With the Shipyard Girls picks up where the previous book left off, with Polly’s fiancé returning home from the war front. Does this mean a winter wedding is on the cards? Over at the shipyard, Helen continues working tirelessly to break the production record and Rosie is anxious about having her sister, Charlotte, back in town. How these women navigate through the problems in their lives and come out happy forms the rest of the story.
“If it weren’t for women like you, building and repairing ships we desperately need to win this damn war, then I dread to think what would happen.”A quote from Christmas With the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell
I say this all the time, but there’s no tale more inspiring than that of women who took up men’s jobs during WWII. I am forever in awe of the women in the Shipyard Girls series, every single one of them. They each have their own problems, but they always manage to rise above it all and at the same time, have each others’ backs.
Nancy Revell has done a fantastic job writing about the lives of these women in her Shipyard Girls series. This book, in particular, really shines through for how it effortlessly portrays the kindness of people during while their country waged a war.
Christmas With the Shipyard Girls was all about the mantra that was repeated throughout in it–hope, faith, peace, joy, and love. It shows how a community can easily band together in the face of misfortune. It shows that love is always the winner in the end. It shows that despite all odds, the people around you can help you pick yourself up and dust yourself off.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend picking this series up. It elicits just the right mix of smiles, tears, and laughter and will have you rooting for an entire cast of characters through and through.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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