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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The West End Girls by Elaine Roberts

Girls from a remote village in England want desperately to see London. One of them has also aimed very high - the stage albeit an almost impossible task for a girl with no training other than a very good voice and good looks. No influence, no connections. In this escapade Annie is joined by her friend Rose and they link up with Joyce who is already in London and all of them want to seek their fortunes.

The girls are brave and forthright but they have huge odds stacked against them. They are naïve and trusting and this almost lands Annie especially in spectacular trouble. It is also the very beginning of WWI and although this is a new aspect to everyone's lives, it is something that is going to affect all of them immensely.

The story and setting is very good reading. How life was in the theatre at the time, the background and workings of it was imaginatively described. It was a bit too idyllic and the endings were too sweet to be true, although it does make for comfortable reading.

Set against the London and a rural background and the way the two areas run as well as the onset of WWI makes this an interesting read.

Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Aria.

1 comment:

  1. This one looks good. I always find such interesting historical fiction novels on your blog!