In wartime, it takes courage to follow your heart.
Everyone hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing was the smell of the chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory.
Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss’s charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them – especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself.
But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending.
I found this book quite difficult to put down. The characters really drew me in and I especially loved Gracie, who just seems to stand for everything it was to be a woman of that time – bashed around physically and emotionally by war and related events.
There were moments during reading that I felt I was right there in the thick of it all with Gracie.
It’s a very emotional read and, as I mentioned above, very tough to put down. Sleep can sometimes be forgotten when I’m reading a good book and this was certainly one of those times. I was so deeply engrossed in Gracie’s life that I didn’t want to miss out on one page.
I’m so honoured to be part of this blog tour today for such a beautiful book. Thank you so much Vicky at Head of Zeus for inviting me along. I would encourage you to check out the other blogs too!
Alrene Hughes grew up in Belfast and has lived in Manchester for most of her adult life. She worked for British Telecom and the BBC before training as an English teacher. After teaching for twenty years, she retired and now writes full-time.
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