Hull, 1943. 17-year-old Muriel Dearlove has weathered the Blitz unscathed, earning her keep in Miss Chapman's grocery shop. But with her sweetheart Bill away fighting and and her friends conscripted into the WRENs and WAAF, life has become tedious for Muriel. Then one day an old friend returns from a stint in the Land Army. She is rosy cheeked and looks healthier than everHull, 1943. 17-year-old Muriel Dearlove has weathered the Blitz unscathed, earning her keep in Miss Chapman's grocery shop. But with her sweetheart Bill away fighting and and her friends conscripted into the WRENs and WAAF, life has become tedious for Muriel. Then one day an old friend returns from a stint in the Land Army. She is rosy cheeked and looks healthier than ever, thanks to the outdoor work she has been doing on Northumberland's farms, and she comes with tales of dances with the troops stationed nearby and high jinks with her fellow Land Girls. Desperate for the chance to broaden her horizons, Muriel signs up to become a Land Girl. But getting back to the land is not all about making hay in the sunshine. Back-breaking work and rising before dawn are the least of their troubles when disagreements between town girls and locals arise, and their warden, Mrs Hubbard, is a hard-nosed slave-driver. Then Muriel meets Ernst, a German prisoner of war. And now Muriel has a choice to make. In fraternizing with the enemy, she breaks the law, but to never see Ernst again would break her heart....
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The Land Girls Reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book. Very well written and hard to put down. Recommended.
The Land Girls written by Annie Wilkinson for me was a good read which as it progressed this was one read which for really improved as the book progressed as it was blessed with excellent well rounded characters who had me laughing one minute and within seconds I could have been crying as each character dealt with so many emotions flooding through them, as they tried to overcome the many problems the Second World War brought to their door each day.The main character within this well written book for me was Muriel as she overcomes her boredom of home-life by joining the very famous group of women namely The Land Girls officially known as Woman's Land Army. Muriel arrives in the country thinking she was there to do a job through the day but she was out for a good time with the available lads from the surrounding army and air force. Not realising the life she had signed up for the duration of the war was not the dream she imagined it was going to be.The book for me was certainly not the best book which I have read based on this time of history but I will say the slow build up was very necessary for the main storyline and for me personally it really added to the actual main read for me. I loved the characters and for me it showed the many hardships these hard working groups of girls had to face not only from the land but from those men that believed that women belonged in the kitchen.With the women in this wonderful read the many women characters showed their many strengths of each of them, plus it showed how so many women who left home as a young teenager for the first time where really thrown into heartache and many trials and for the first time had to survive without their families.The beauty of the land was shown through the vivid writing of Annie Wilkinson and she was an author who certainly knew her history and how farming was for the farmers back in the 1940's. For me primarily this is a book about a group of women who were dealing with the much heartache the Second World War brought to them through losses of their loved ones, while trying to serve their country through helping to feed the many people of Great Britain through helping harvest the many products of the land. Yes there were many laughs but there were heartaches and a true romance which was forbidden in its own way and sometimes the so called enemy was not always the real enemy which wished Muriel and her friend's harm, as we all know there is bad and good in both sides. One thing I will say, I hope this is not the end for Muriel and the man she fell in love with and the end for me was just not quite a great end for any book as when I reached the last page I was not satisfied with the ending and I felt there should have been another few chapters to end the story-line properly and for that reason alone I did not give the book a five star rating.The Land Girls written by Annie Wilkinson is a good read which I did enjoy, though for me personally I would love another book based on Muriel and the man she loves.I would like to thank Net Galley for allowing me to read this enjoyable book free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review which this is.