Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is the fourth instalment in the ‘East End Angels’ saga by Rosie Handley, following the lives of Winnie, Frankie, Bella and later Rose. Set in Second World War London, the books focus on the ladies’ work for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service (LAAS) as well as their loves and lives outside of it. In this last book, we experience two weddings, a birth, a new romance – but also darker experiences – all culminating in the end of the War and the closure of Station 75. What will this mean for our girls? And how does Rosie Hendry imagine their lives beyond their time at the LAAS?
An easy read, at over 400 pages it could, in my opinion, do with a little edit. Often, the book covers events and conversations multiple times without necessarily adding anything new. You get the feeling that it covers much of the events of the previous books, removing a need to go back and read them. I’d suggest the book could be a little snappier, without losing any crucial content.
That said, Rosie Hendry has clearly spent numerous hours with her characters. Her love for them is apparent throughout the piece. She recounts their stories as one would those of old friends. She includes, at the end of the book, a letter to her readers outlining how she would imagine events unfolding for each of the ladies once the book has been closed. How she imagines each of their unanswered questions being successfully closed. And that, is a lovely way to end the saga.
GBC Reader Reviews
I am writing to share an update on behalf of all of us at The Girly Book Club as we manage COVID-19. As we all know, the events of the past days and weeks have been unprecedented and our team continues to monitor and navigate this rapidly changing situation with the rest of the world.
At the GBC, we care deeply about doing what we can to keep our people and communities well – we are grounded in this intention, which makes difficult choices a little easier to make.
As a result, we have cancelled ALL of our global in-person monthly meetings for March. As a result, we will be holding a GLOBAL GBC Book Club, which we hope will appeal to our members far and wide (more info below.)
We’ll be honoring all tickets sold for March meetings and transferring them to April’s meetings or you can request a refund if you’d prefer.