Maggie Sullivan comes to the blog with the first in the Our Street at War series, set in a small Lancashire Village in the early years of World War II with
An ensemble cast of characters, all from the same “high street’ in the village of Millhead in Lancashire, in the months leading up to World War II. We start with Vicky, now the postmistress living with her aging and disabled father and younger brother. Vicky’s life is nothing like she hoped for: the death of her fiancé and her miscarriage left her with wounds, sorrows and tension with her and her father. She didn’t want to be ‘stuck’ in the job, but is making the best of it, expecting little for herself.
Then we have Rose, daughter of the local haberdashery owner Sylvia, with a drunken, mostly absent father who appears to cause strife, abuse and disappear again. Sylvia has secrets and is estranged from her own family in London, taking in her niece as her sister is worried about the bombings. Rose is working at the local munition factory rather than her mother’s shop and is determined that she’s made for bigger and better things than being in the small town.
Violet is a friend of Sylvia and a teacher – she’s been writing faithfully to a man in Canada for years, with hopes of more. Now, he’s moving to England because of the war, and there’s questions for her to sort and solve.
One of the beautiful features of this story is the slow growing plots, while characters arrive with issues and concerns, we learn of their lives, worries, daily challenges and little slights, and everyone moves into a ‘new normal’ with war being declared. From friendships, secrets, romances and new hopes we also see loss, grief, frictions and reconciliations, and the characters and their worries are all-consuming. Sullivan has brought us ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, just muddling through as best they can – with perseverance, determination and more than a bit of luck. I’m curious to see how relationships change, grow and develop throughout this series, and found this a lovely introduction.
Title: The Postmistress
Author: Maggie Sullivan
Series: Our Street at War #1
Genre: British, Dual Narration, European History, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Historic Elements, Historic Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, World War II
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 21 January, 2021
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 7 minutes
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One ordinary street in Lancashire is getting ready for war, who knows what else is going on behind the net curtains?
Vicky Parrot wanted more out of life than working all hours in her father’s Post Office. Her dreams were ruined when tragedy came calling, and now happiness seems impossible.
The other townsfolk have their problems too. Sylvia Barker runs the haberdashery shop and she’s hiding more than a few secrets behind the bales of wool in the shop window. Her daughter Rosie wants more out of life than needles and cotton, but her headstrong ways are about to get her into trouble.
Life goes on for the people of Greenhill, what they can’t know is that their world is about to change forever…
A copy of this title was provided via for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.