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‘The Railway Girls In Love’ by Maisie Thomas

The Railway Girls in Love (The railway girls series Book 3) by [Maisie Thomas]

Synopsis

Love is in the air, and together the railway girls can overcome even the hardest of times.

Mabel has finally put the past behind her, and her relationship with the dashing Harry is stronger than ever. That is, until an old flame shows up, leaving Mabel questioning her future.

Meanwhile Joan has made amends with Bob – if only she could do the same with Gran. And there’s still that family mystery she wants answer to, isn’t there?

As a mother and grandmother, Dot Green has always put her family first. Her job as a parcels porter has brought new purpose to her life, so is it finally time to start following her heart . . .

Life as a railway girl is busy but as war rages on and air raids disrupt daily life, the women realise they need each other more than ever, especially when there might be wedding bells on the horizon.

My Review

I have been a fan of Maisie’s work for a little while and I have followed ‘The Railway Girls’ series from the start.  ‘The Railway Girls In Love’ is the third book in the series and it is another corker of a read.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Railway Girls In Love’ but more about that in a bit.

It seems kind of unfair to single out any one of the characters for special attention as I like them all- well apart from Gran that is.  I have to say though that I have a special fondness for Dot.  She is like a mother hen and the other railway girls are her chicks.  Dot is a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend but she also does her bit for the war effort as she also works as a ‘Railway Girl’.  Dot is lovely, kind, generous, compassionate and the sort of woman you would love to by your side when times are hard.  If I had one little, teensy weeny criticism of her it would be that she is too ‘nice’ and puts up with behaviour from her nearest and dearest that is just not on.  I often felt like jumping inside the pages of the book to give those abusing her kind nature a slap with a wet flannel!!  Dot does develop a ‘close’ friendship with a work colleague but for the time being that is all it is- a friendship. 

Oh my word, ‘The Railway Girls In Love’ is just superb.  I was drawn to the book by the fact that I saw the name ‘Maisie Thomas’ on the front cover.  As soon as I began to read that was it.  I just knew that I wouldn’t be doing anything else bar reading for the rest of the day.  I found this book to be unputdownable and a real page turner.  I sat down with the book intending to read for an hour or so but I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time.  When I looked up to check how long I had been reading for, I was staggered to realise that I had been reading for three hours solid.  I soon got through the story.  All too quickly I reached the end of the story and I had to say farewell to ‘The Railway Girls’.

‘The Railway Girls In Love’ is superbly written as are the first two books in the series.  Anybody who knows me, knows that I am not only a book geek but I am also a history nerd, with a particular fondness for sagas set either in the First World War or the Second World War.  So you can imagine why I love this series so much.  I love the way in which Maisie creates such likeable characters and she describes them so well that they seem as real as you and I.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly gentle pace.  I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s thanks to Maisie’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.  ‘The Railway Girls’ certainly go on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and I felt as though I went on one too.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Railway Girls In Love’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Maisie’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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