Roland Moore returns to the blog with the third book in the Land Girls series, now into the waning years of the war with
Christmas on the Home Front
The girls left on Pasture Farm are preparing for Christmas and hoping that this will be the last wartime Christmas celebration that they’ll have. As part of the Woman’s Land Army, their job is to farm and help with the food supplies, all while managing to survive wartime privations, and the losses that all have suffered since the war began. Throughout the series we’ve gotten to know the women who all joined on for their own reasons, and while some have moved on to other places or married, their ties and friendships still remain and their work brought them together in unexpected ways. Now only a few of the original women remain on the farm, and as Christmas is approaching they are pitching in for the community events as they gather together to plan their own celebrations.
Two German airmen survived the crash of their plane and are on the loose, and there is a network of ‘sympathizers’ working to bring them to safety and keep them from the British authorities. Unfortunately, Pasture Farm is right in the middle of the action, and with the women both being threatened and determined to withstand the incursion, a well-placed sympathizer is unearthed and could mean the end for all the women at Pasture farm.
IT’s not meant to be – as these are stories that both highlight the long-held traditions of pitching in and doing what must be done – the girls use a bit of luck, some sheer determination and an unwillingness to be defeated in making their stand. You may have seen the Land Girls series on PBS (here in the US) and I’ll tell you – it’s a marvelous watch. Getting to reconnect with Joyce, Charlotte and the girls – and you’ll enjoy the twist and tension here provided by the mystery of the “sympathizer’ and just how the girls overcame. A lovely series that shows the strength to be provided in coming together for a common cause. It’s a wonderful ‘snapshot’ of the mid-40’s Britain and the people who worked so hard at home to support the men in the field.
Title: Christmas on the Home Front
Author: Roland Moore
Series: Land Girls #3
Genre: Friendship, Historic Elements, Historic Woman's Fiction, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, World War II
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 14 November, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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It’s the last Christmas of the war but will things ever be the same again?
Despite the food rationing and the bitterly cold weather, the land girls of Pasture Farm, Connie Carter, Joyce Fisher and Esther Reeves, are determined to celebrate this Christmas in style. The fighting might still be raging, but they all hope this could be the last Christmas of this dreaded war.
But as the day approaches, word spreads in sleepy Helmstead that two German Airmen are on the run. With everyone on high alert, the mood is tense and the women take no chances. Until the German airmen find them…
Trapped at Pasture Farm with the enemy, the women are determined to find a way to freedom and overpower the airmen. But it means risking everything… including their lives.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.