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18 January 2022

Book Review: The War Girls of Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The War Girls of Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller ahead of the blog tour.

I love love love stories about women in World War 2. I love how their whole lives were changed and suddenly they had responsibility and power they weren't afforded before. And I love books that explore all of the messiness this brings. The War Girls of Goodwill House was amazing.

The War Girls of Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller

Lady Joanna Harcourt and her daughter Sarah discover their life of luxury at Goodwill House is over. Because with Lord Harcourt away fighting, the Harcourt girls are facing financial ruin.

Lady Joanna is terrified of losing their home, but for Sarah, this means her dreams of becoming a doctor are over. Headstrong Sarah isn’t one to quit! War or not, she’s determined to find a way to save her home and follow her dreams– whatever it takes!

Dashing RAF officer Angus Trent might just save the day. The new RAF base at Marston will soon be full of young women all hoping to serve their country, and Goodwill House will make the perfect home for them. But can Sarah convince Lady Joanna to agree to her plan?

Angus has never met a woman quite like Sarah – courageous, brave, unwavering. She has a huge task ahead of her, but if anyone can do it, his war girl can.


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5 Word Review: War, family, privilege, love, hope.


I think this was exactly the book I needed to read right now. From the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.

Sarah and her mother Joanna come from a life of privilege. They haven't had to do much in the past and it's the absence of Lord Harcourt that really drives the plot. He's controlling and bigoted, and leaves them very much in the lurch. The two women are rattling around a mansion, trying to survive on what meagre money they have. For them, the war is a massive expanding of their horizons. As much as they are still confined to the house, they have greater freedom in small ways. Joanna leading committees and Sarah studying medicine and volunteering with St Johns.

I have to say that the characters are not inherently likeable, and that was something that I actually enjoyed a massive amount. As the story goes on and you learn more about them, they worm their way into your heart. I loved the way they broke down their own barriers and prejudices, and how curious they truly were about those around them.

I was prepared for WAAF and Land Girl shenanigans, I was ready for the conflicts of a group of women force together and pushing themselves harder than ever before. And although this didn't come to fruition, I was not disappointed. I loved the exploration of family themes, respect, and privilege. And when Sarah's grandmother appears, the tension between the characters exploded.

I liked the gentle slow burn romance that grows between two of the characters. Despite the age gap (which isn't big by any means) it is built on mutual respect and attraction. I thought the characters worked really well together as a couple, and I loved the small signs of care and affection between them.

I did feel like the ending was pretty abrupt, so I am desperate for more. The story is so engaging. As much as I didn't like many of the characters in the beginning, I am well and truly invested and by the end I loved them all. I can't wait for book two, and to see what happens to Sarah in London.

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Fenella J. Miller is the bestselling writer of eighteen historical sagas. She also has a passion for Regency romantic adventures and has published over fifty to great acclaim. Her father was a Yorkshireman and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She lives in a small village in Essex with her British Shorthair cat.

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a fascinating story! I love your 5 word review, it sums it up perfectly. I’m glad that you enjoyed it and it was a book that you couldn’t put down. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'm glad this was the perfect read for you in the moment that you read it! The characters sound great. Sometimes its nice to not have entirely likeable characters. And I am always here for a gentle slow burn romance. A shame about the ending leaving you wanting more though.

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