Title: The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War
Author: Elaine Roberts
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Publication Date: 15 January 2019
Genre: Historica fiction, Romance, WWI
Working at the Foyles bookshop was Molly Cooper’s dream job. But with the country at war she’s determined to do her bit. So Molly gathers her courage and sets off for the East End and her first day working at Silvertown munitions factory…
It’s hard manual labour, and Molly must face the trials and tribulations of being the ‘new girl’ at the munitions factory, as well as the relentless physical work.
The happy-ever-afters Molly read about in the pages of her beloved books have been lost to the war. And yet the munitions girls unite through their sense of duty and friendships that blossom in the most unlikely of settings…
I have to admit that one of the places that I intend to visit when I visit London is Foyles and particularly their flagship store at Charing Cross. London-based booktubers describe it as a bibliophile’s wonderland. Hence it was one of the reasons that I was immediately drawn to this book. Also, the fact that it was set in the 1910s at the height of WWI. I can’t complete this introductory paragraph without failing to mention that it has a beautiful cover.
The book centres on the struggle for women during this time as they were keen to hold things together so that their boys would have homes to come back to. Set in the background of the suffragette movement, we find more women were taking up more of the “men’s jobs” like Alice being an ambulance driver and others working in ammunitions factory despite them being manly and dangerous jobs. It also seems that the Foyles Bookshop girls were dealing with personal struggles in the micro sense like heartbreak, losses and their own identity.
By and large, I loved Ms Roberts writing style. As a person who unintentionally reads primarily American fiction, this book provided a warm welcome with a touch of British slang and humour. Readers will be able to empathise with the female characters as they come to terms with the societal shifts at the turn of the 20th century. The only thing that I would critique about this book would be the slightly rushed romance between the main protagonist and her love interest.
Since this is the book is part of The Foyles Girls Series, I will be looking forward to reading the next instalment Christmas at the Foyles Bookshop
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Note;: This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are the reviewer’s won