Secrets Of The Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell
#3 Shipyard Girls Series
As the world war continues the shipyard girls face hardships at home, but work and friendship give them strength to carry on.
Gloria is smitten with her newly arrived bundle of joy, but baby Hope’s first weeks are bittersweet. Hope’s father is missing at sea, and with their future as a family so uncertain, Gloria must lean on her girls for support.
Meanwhile, head welder Rosie has turned her back on love to keep her double life secret. But her persistent beau is determined to find out the truth and if he does, it could ruin her.
And there is finally a glimmer of hope for Polly and her family when Bel and Joe fall in love. But it isn’t long before a scandalous revelation threatens to pull them all apart.
*may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous novels*
This series is fast becoming my favourite go-to saga series. I just love catching up with the girls, they feel like old friends, you know and love. I don’t have any particular favourite which is rather unusual for me. But it is because they are all so unique and complement each other so well. The opening of this novel is the perfect example.
The novel opens with Dorothy and Gloria enthralled in a good old-fashioned gossip. This enables us the reader to get an insight into all the goings on since where we left off in book 2 – Shipyard Girls At war. Baby hope is now just 2wks old, so in time-line wise we haven’t moved on months/years. The years is still 1941 and the girls are all doing well, given the circumstances they face.
Through the gossip we learn that Hannah aka ‘little bird’ has been taken on as a draughtsman. The girls speculate that there maybe a man in her life. But they also reflect on her naïve personality and sheltered life, finally reassuring themselves ‘Hannah’s got us’, which makes Hannah one lucky woman indeed. They exchange Polly’s latest updates from lover-at-war Tommy. Whilst also discussing Gloria’s worries for her own sons at war. We learn that Rosie and DS Peter Miller are no more a potential romance, Dorothy and Gloria both mourn Rosie’s chance at future happiness. But fully understand her reasoning for remaining so guarded. The division at the shipyard, due to the spoilt and self-obsessed boss Helen continues. But has actually encouraged Martha to open up to the group. The biggest cause for gossip and speculation is Jack Crawford’s future. Which could have great repercussions for Gloria and baby Hope.
We the reader become aware that Jack has been rescued. But that his prognosis remains uncertain. As I read on, I almost felt burdened knowing this secret without being able to share with the girls myself!
Rosie gives into temptation and agrees to meet with Peter one final time. She is also made aware of a new employee coming up from the big smoke to Lily’s. A woman described as mysterious and exotic. I couldn’t wait to learn more about this new character. I must admit when the truth when the truth is finally revealed about Maisie’s appearance, I was pleasantly surprised.
The author has achieved something barely seen in saga novels.
The novel also jumps back in time to 1913, it covers the era of Pearl’s pregnancy and what lead her to be the way she is today. I found Pearl’s history fascinating. There is a scene where she gets off the train, at Kings Cross station and in the background hears the suffragettes. You become instantly aware how few rights women held in 1913.
There is cause for celebration when Joe proposes to Bel.
But will this be a wedding to remember for the right reasons?
Gloria is struggling to adapt to life as an older mum. Which is not made any easier by her brute of a soon to be ex-husband Vinnie. He is violent, intimidating and demanding. His temper is constantly simmering behind the scenes and I really feared for Gloria’s and Hope’s safety. . .
‘If he wanted to see his bairn, he damn well was going to. No one was going to stop him – especially not a woman’
‘He was in control. Always had been. Not her’ – Vinnie
Thankfully the impending nuptials offers some much-needed relief from the darker scenes. But this saga has it all! A secret from the past, an inquisitive detective and a scheming wife; but most of all it carries a message of love and hope.
I turned the final page with a smile on my face and hope for ‘my girls’ in their futures. I cannot wait to start the next novel in the series – Shipyard Girls In Love and as always will report back with my review.
This is a must-read saga series. 5*
Shipyard Girls In Love by Nancy Revell – #4 Shipyard Girls series
My review is scheduled for 29th May.
But if you can’t wait till then, check out the #Extract