IN THE TURMOIL OF WAR, CAN SHE KEEP HER FAMILY TOGETHER?
1938, East London. Nine year old Daisy Purbright is a country girl at heart and together with beloved brother Bobby, they’ve enjoyed the endless freedoms of rural England.
But when her father gambles the family’s fortunes on a speculative investment in London’s docklands, Daisy and her family are swept up into the intrigue, danger and excitement. Desperately the Purbrights attempt to settle to a new life in the East End, but the whisperings of war grow louder.
Then, one late afternoon in September 1940, Adolf Hitler conducts a paralysing bombardment on London and war tightens its grip. Life changes dramatically and closely guarded secrets threaten the Purbrights’ happiness.
Can Daisy and her family survive one of the most fateful events of the 20th century?
I have been a fan of Carol’s work for a little while now. I have by no means caught up with everything that she has written but I am getting there slowly but surely. I read the synopsis for ‘Girl With Secrets’ and it certainly sounded like a fabulous read. I was spot on because I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Girl With Secrets’ but more about that in a bit.
It didn’t take me long at all to get into ‘Girl With Secrets’. In fact as soon as I started to read the book, I just knew that I was going to be in for a treat. By the time I got to the bottom of the first page, I knew that I would have great difficulty putting the book to one side for any length of time. Part of the book’s appeal was the lead character of Daisy Purbright. I took to her from the start and I had to keep reading to find out how the story panned out for her and her family. To say that reading ‘Girl With Secrets’ became addictive is a huge understatement. I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but I would become that wrapped up in the story that I would end up reading more like half a dozen chapters in one go.
‘Girl With Secrets’ is well written. Carol has one of those writing styles that is easy to take to and easy to get used to. Carol certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw the reader into what proves to be a compelling story. Carol writes family sagas which pull on the heartstrings of the hardest hearts. I did feel as though I had been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride by the time I got to the end of the story with all the ups and downs, twists and turns. I found ‘Girl With Secrets’ to be a gripping read, which held my attention from start to finish. I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s all thanks to Carol’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Girl With Secrets’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Carol’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.