The Mother’s Day Club
Meet the women on the home front . . .
1939. When the residents of Great Plumstead offer to open up their homes to evacuees from London, they’re preparing to care for children. So when a train carrying expectant mothers pulls into the station, the town must come together to accommodate their unexpected new arrivals . . .
Sisters Prue and Thea welcome the mothers with open arms, while others fear their peaceful community will be disrupted. But all pregnant Marianne seeks is a fresh start for herself and her unborn child. Though she knows that is only possible as long as her new neighbours don’t discover the truth about her situation.
The women of Great Plumstead, old and new, are fighting their own battles on the home front. Can the community come together in a time of need to do their bit for the war effort?
After reading the description for this book I couldn’t resist jumping at the chance to read it and share my thoughts with you all.
The story follows the lives of the residents of Great Plumsted. This small, utterly charming town and its endearing community within Norfolk offer to open their own family homes to those who are being evacuated from London due to the War. The community are expecting to be welcoming a group of children into their lives, however they are somewhat shocked when it turns out that those they will be helping are in fact expectant mothers.
Prue and Thea, sisters who have spent their lives in this beautiful little village welcome the new arrivals with open arms. Unfortunately, they are equally met by some hostility as some of the locals question whether the arrival of these woman will upset the peace in their close knit community. When we meet Marianne, it is clear she is harbouring some deep rooted concerns, along with a secret she has no intention of sharing. All she wishes to do is what is best for her unborn child, and she truly believes that is only possible if people do not find out who she truly is. The community must pull together to survive these troubling times, as it is more important that ever to help one another – but whether things are so smooth running is a completely different matter.
I truly loved immersing myself in the life of Great Plubstead and all of its residents. There was certainly a cast of different characters, each of them so wonderfully developed with their own life stories, which I must say made this book even more enjoyable for me. The setting in which this story took place was brought to life brilliantly by the author – so much so that at times I could picture myself there alongside the characters in which I had grown to know and love as this story progressed.
Full of drama, intrigue and truly heart warming moments, this book is undoubtedly a book I would recommend to everyone. It is the perfect form of escapism that we all need right now, and I can whole heartedly say that I cannot wait to read future books by this incredible author.
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Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and children. A former teacher and research scientist, she’s always loving reading and writing. She started off writing short stories for magazines, her stories gradually becoming longer as her children grew bigger.
Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real life events which inspire her writing.
When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Rosie Hendry for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.*