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28 June 2021

Book Review: Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane ahead of the blog tour.

When was the last time you read a war time saga? I couldn't remember so I jumped at the chance of reading Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls and it was exactly what I needed - drama and secrets under the backdrop of war.

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Nothing will stop the The Tobacco Girls, not even war...

BRISTOL 1940.

The Tobacco Girls cling together as they realise that the clouds of war are turning dark, the world is becoming more dangerous and their lives more unpredictable. 

Bridget Milligan’s big, happy family fragments when her siblings are evacuated to North Devon, then a letter from America further fills her with dismay.

Maisie Miles safe haven from both Eddie Bridgeman and her father is jeopardised and she is forced to move on, but where too this time? 

Phyllis Mason is struck down by tragedy and her life spirals downwards into despair until a new horizons beckons, but also perhaps great danger...

Regardless of the rationing, shortages and an ever-worsening situation, The Tobacco Girls all pull together and hope for better days to come.

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, war, survival, secrets, safety.


I jumped straight in with Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls without reading the first book and although I felt a little lost at first, the events of the first book are covered pretty early on. I didn't find it overly confusing, and as much as I wish I'd read the first book beforehand I think it still worked pretty well as a standalone saga.

I liked the wartime setting, the heart-ache and constant tension that it brings. It intensified everything, made everything that much more urgent. It sped up the pace, made everything that little bit thrilling with the constant threat of bombings and tightening rations.

The narrative moves between three characters, Bridget, Maisie, and Phyllis, and each of the characters has a distinct voice. I was never confused as to who was narrating, and I liked seeing more than one side of each story.

I loved the three M's. They all brought something different to the table, and I think Bridget was my favourite. I felt so much for her at the beginning when her siblings were evacuated, it was so heart-wrenching and I can't imagine being separated from my own sisters like that. All three women are strong, even if their life has been hard. They've had a lot thrown at them and I loved to see them support each other. It felt very "found family" even if the story focused a lot on their actual families.

After that ending, I'm sure there is another book on the way! The ending was pretty abrupt and I would have liked a little more to tie it up, but it has me all the more eager for the next instalment.

Dark Days for the Tobacco Girls is the type of book that will break your heart and then put it back together. Heart-warming in the end and very emotional, and now I definitely want to read the first book, The Tobacco Girls.
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Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her new saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls, the first part of which will be published in January 2021.

1 comment:

  1. Another great review Cora! I couldn't tell you when I last read a war time saga. Probably when I was little and used to sneak my Nana's books to read

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