The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe
Today is also my stop on The Married Girls Blog Tour and I have a review of this reverting story for you to enjoy!
Hardcover: 416 pages
Published: May 4, 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Source: Received from the publisher
The war is over, but trouble is brewing...
Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married to farmer Billy. She arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war and now feels settled in her adopted home.
Meanwhile, the squire's fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming... and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne's past, but she has worked hard to conceal that which could unravel her carefully built life.
For Charlotte, too, a dangerous past is coming back in the shape of fellow refugee, bad boy Harry Black. Forever bound by their childhoods, Charlotte will always care for him, but Harry's return disrupts the village quiet and it's not long before gossip spreads.
The war may have ended, but for these girls, trouble is only just beginning.
My honest thoughts on this book:
When I got approached by Head of Zeus to see if I could take part in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance to read and review this story. I must admit I have never read a book set after the cruel impact of WWII I because I prefer to read light literature, but I am so glad I sample this book because the story of The Married Girls is complex and intriguing as well as romantic and scandalous.
The only thing I regret is not reading the first book that tells the whole story from the very beginning, so somehow I feel like I missed some significant bits of the plotline and got to know the characters later on in their life.
I really enjoy reading about Charlotte's married life after the war, the relative peacefulness of the countryside and the constant flow of any gossip swirling in the air around Wynsdown. Charlotte is happily married to Billy and is settled in her lovely home looking after their two children. But then Charlotte's happy domestic bubble is pierced by the return of the bad boy Harry Black.
Then there is Felix who is heading back home to Wynsdown with his fiance Daphne and Felix have the potential to spill some secrets and open a can of worms that might damage Charlotte's happy life.
The Married Girls has a fascinating and beautifully flowing plotline, every character has its place, and they all come together to create a book that tells a story that is weaved with traditions, heartbreak and real emotions.
Diney Costello skilled and descriptive writing style brings her characters and the surroundings to life in a way that captures readers attentions from the very beginning of the story right to the last page.
A huge thank you to Head of Zeus for inviting me to take part on this Book Tour.
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