Pam Howes is back, and what a fantastic start to a very promising new series! Happy publication day to Pam Howes and ‘The Factory Girls of Lark Lane’. I am absolutely delighted to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour today, so a big thank you to Bookouture for allowing me to do so, and for the ARC. Here is my review:
The struggles of war will build the strongest of friendships…
1940, Liverpool: Best friends Alice Turner and Millie Markham work for the war effort at Rootes munitions factory, making shell caps and Halifax bombers. Alice’s sweetheart Terry is home from the front for a brief period of leave, and the women are excitedly planning a whirlwind wedding.
But the honeymoon is soon over, and the ever-present air raid sirens quickly bring Alice back down to earth. When a terrible explosion at the factory leads to a tragic death, and a loved one is announced missing in action, it’s only their friendship and the support of the other factory girls which help to keep Alice and Millie’s spirits up.
As the war stretches on with no sign of an ending, can Alice and Millie help one another make it through – and find happiness even in the darkest of times?
What does TWG think?
Oh what a corker of a start to an extremely promising new series! I was in my element with ‘The Factory Girls of Lark Lane’. An emotional element, but still in my element.
Set in 1940’s Liverpool, ‘The Factory Girls of Lark Lane’ tells the story of Alice Turner’s life during the war. Whilst Alice is lucky that she gets to work with her best friend, Millie, she cannot help but feel bereft when the love of her life is sent back to the frontline after their wedding. What Alice doesn’t realise, however, is that her new husband leaving is the least of her concerns. To be honest, I underestimated just how much wartime novels get under my skin, but Pam Howes has done herself and her characters justice with her fantastic storytelling.
As I said at the beginning, I did find this book rather emotional. Obviously I won’t state exactly what made me emotional, but for those of you who have read the book already, all I will say is…Brian. If you haven’t read the book yet and are no curiosity by the name ‘Brian’, I would advise you to grab this book pronto so that you can find out. Tissues ready though, okay?
‘The Factory Girls of Lark Lane’ has its sights predominately set on Alice Turner and her family, yet due to how close-knit the community is, it cannot be helped if you find yourself delving further into some of the other characters lives as well.
Seeing as I have read Pam Howes’ previous novels and adored them, I didn’t know how she was going to top those fab novels with a new series, however, after reading this one, I am flabbergasted by the fact that she has done just that. ‘The Factory Girls of Lark Lane’ literally moved me to tears, filled my arms with goosebumps, and made me wish that communities these days were like the communities during the war. Pam Howes doesn’t just tell a story by writing down words, she also tells a story by telling it to her readers’ hearts and souls.
A truly spell-binding, humble, and utterly poignant first book in a brand new series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series if this one is anything to go by. Historical fiction at its finest, you can always rely on Pam Howes to tick all of the boxes in the saga genre, without a doubt.
About the author.
Pam is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.
The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.
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