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The Surplus Girls [9781786499677]

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Manchester, 1922.

Belinda Layton is a surplus girl. One of the many women whose dreams of marriage perished in the Great War, with the death of her beloved fiance Ben. After four years of mourning, she finally feels ready to face whatever her future holds without him. But Ben's family can't countenance her putting him to rest, while her own family - well, all they care about is getting hold of her meagre factory wages.

When Belinda joins a secretarial class to try to better herself, little does she imagine that it will open up a whole new world to her. For not only does she learn to type, but she meets the beguiling bookshop owner Richard Carson... And falls head over heels in love. But who is this man that she has trusted with her heart, and what does he really want?

As Belinda fights to follow her dreams, can she move forwards from all the devastation and loss, and take a chance at happiness?

AUTHOR: Polly Heron has worked as a librarian specialising in work with schools and children, an infant teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives in Llandudno in North Wales with her husband and two rescue cats, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots. She enjoys reading, gardening, needlework and cooking and she loves living by the sea.
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    Posted by liccy h on 11th Mar 2020

    This book looks at the aftermath of World War Two. Despite their reputation as the ‘roaring twenties’, they were actually incredibly tough times to live through: the book reminds us that so many people who had lost their loved ones and there were families living in desperate poverty. It is, then, thought-provoking and interesting. Belinda, the main character, has lost her fiancé Ben (hence being a surplus girl). She is trying to make a life for herself independent from her troubled family through studying at evening classes. The book watches her grow in confidence The story is simple and well told, making for an easy read. There are no major surprises but you still end up rooting for Belinda and her happily ever after.

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